summers at the shore


Today’s collage was created by Laura Bloomsbury be sure to stop by her blog!

I remember with fond innocence

those summers at the shore

signposts to beaches

day trips to town

eat dripping ice cream cones

watching colourful boats

waltz in and out of harbour

stare at wooden mannequins

in folk art gallery windows

then beaches, hair ribbons

sea-foam, driftwood

honey comb and berries

staining mouth, fingers

why did I never sense


evil that lay under

those times?

too innocent to imagine

too happy to notice

sister how you cowered

when honey bee buzzed by

pattern of berry stain on dress

when cut your bathing suit

into pieces

then burnt it on the shore

oh sister, with some wisdom

could I have saved you

from moonless dark night sea?

Laura’s collage is amazing. I wrote Summers at the Shore for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Writing Prompt 167 “Special Edition Collage.”

@ taleweavering/phylor 2016


15 thoughts on “summers at the shore

  1. Jennifer Worrell August 15, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Hauntingly beautiful! Loved it!!


  2. Oliana July 12, 2016 / 7:39 am

    The first thing that came to mind when I saw this beautiful collage were sinister thoughts and images…Love your poem telling tales of all sorts that our imagination brings us.


    • taleweavering July 12, 2016 / 9:54 am

      Thanks, Oliana. I was the same when I saw it. Wasn’t sure where or what the evil was, but it wrote itself in.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. wildchild47 July 11, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    It’s already been said – but haunting really fits.


    • taleweavering July 12, 2016 / 12:40 am

      Thank you. I’m not sure where that one came from, but I felt there was something sinister underlying Laura’s incredible collage.

      Liked by 1 person

      • wildchild47 July 12, 2016 / 5:00 pm

        yes, something just lurking …. but a great collage nonetheless :)


        • taleweavering July 12, 2016 / 7:04 pm

          Laura definitely did a fantastic atmospheric job with her collage. Glad it was well received.


  4. helenvalentina July 10, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Oh wow! I love the beauty and the sinister so effortlessly combined here! And the regret at the end, sublime! :)

    Liked by 1 person

    • taleweavering July 10, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks. Laura’s collage seemed to have something lurking beneath the surface — something not quite right.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. Laura Bloomsbury July 10, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Fabulous – in true sense of that word – rendition of the prompt – so much nostalgic imagery and then the surprise of downturn into a malevolent undercurrent

    Liked by 1 person

    • taleweavering July 10, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      I really love your collage. It has so many layers — there seemed to be something evil beneath it all. The quote and the wooden man made it seem dark, dangerous, and perhaps deadly.
      I hope you contribute more collages — they are a great compliment to Yves’.

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