krankenschwester (mort) wrote,

Will you ever heave a sigh and a wish for me ?


People that build their houses inland,
People that buy a plot of ground
Shaped like a house, and build a house there,
Far from the sea-board, far from the sound

Of water sucking the hollow ledges,
Tons of water striking the shore--
What do they long for, as I long for
One salt smell of the sea once more?

People the waves have not awakened,
Spanking the boats at the harbour's head,
What do they long for, as I long for,--
Starting up in my inland bed,

Beating the narrow walls, and finding
Neither a window nor a door,
Screaming to God for death by drowning--
One salt taste of the sea once more?

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Crystal Crescent Beach
Sambro, Nova Scotia
July 2006









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The only poet(ess) I can quote at length.
Beautiful photos. In that first picture, it seems strange that everyone would be lolling about on the beach like they are catching some rays and it's eerily foggy too. Did the fog just sneak up or do people do that on the east coast? :)
Did the fog just sneak up...

Haha- no, Sambronians are quite used to misty beaches.
...perhaps stranger yet is the sight of the fog-shrouded nudes on the third beach (-which is only about a 10 minute hike past the rocks)!

We are a diverse and generally easy-going population.
Very adaptable, very accepting.
Though we may be a bit pale at the end of the day,it is not so bad.
-after all, that mist holds the delicious scent of the salty sea
AND the sound of the foghorn really does make for a hauntingly beautiful lullaby...

I grew up a block from the ocean in James Bay in Victoria BC and a few blocks from a foghorn and that foghorn is a sound in the night that I will never forget. Now I live further up island but I have never lived more than a 10 minutes' drive to a beach and I take strength and solace from the everchanging ocean almost every day.
Lovely photos. Summer, please come.
Bah- my mum says youze guys don't even have snow !

I've spent half my life's winters in Halifax, the other half in Edmonton... yet I can't recall one so depressing as the one I'm now enduring in Montréal.
WE DO SO! Okay, we don't, really. It's just depressing. BUT. It's starting to warm up here.
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