Plum Island Haibun


Friendly Fairy Tales

Pavilion Beach, Ipswich, looking out at Plum Island

Seabirds screamed overhead before diving into Pavilion Beach’s gentle waves. Tide pools reflected the sky. Surrounding sand was cold and muddy, squashing between my toes. A salty wind scrubbed my skin raw.

The Ipswich beach was not crowded, but on one side, a sausage dog sniffed my feet and looks askance. On the other side, college students discussed under-studying and over-drinking, their laughter louder than the waves. Across the Sound, Plum Island’s sands gleamed whiter than wishes. I daydreamed about solitude over there: just my family, the seabirds and the sunshine, sea winds blowing my cares away.

tide ripples and footsteps on the sand

I looked down at the ripples left by the tides. Overlaid were footprints of people who had arrived, gazed at the same sights as me, and then departed. They left these traces of life behind: bare feet, shod feet, children’s feet, bird feet. I added my footprints to the chaos left by other beach…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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