For M and for friendship

You broad-shoulder me to the beach,
pillow-creased and yawning,
our winter-beaten faces
upturned to the burn.

Lungs gather up the onshore Sou’westerly;
its briny tang caffling in our hair
as we skim ‘ducker’ stones
and watch the storm petrels scatter.

Noon finds us knee-deep
in the mud-silt sand,
elbow to elbow, giggling,
digging for clams.

Blistering afternoon slips slowly
down the cool throat of the sky
and as we trickle our way home
something resembling peace



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7 responses to “Affinity

  1. smiles…sounds like a beautiful day at the beach…ah i need some beach time…the smell of the air coming off the waves…and just to hear their rhythm…

  2. lovely imagery.

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  3. Beach time with a good friend 🙂 LOVE IT!

    Now I jealous.

    Calling friends now….

  4. Julie, this is a wonderfully lyrical tribute to the best kind of friendship. It feels within reach..and so real. You control the mood with such well-chosen language – sound and meaning in clear harmony. How apt. 🙂

  5. Shawna

    These lines are so creative:
    “You broad-shoulder me”
    “upturned to the burn”

    “as we trickle our way home
    something resembling peace
    hovers” … Love the ending; we all know it couldn’t possibly be actual peace because that is far too fleeting, if it even truly exists at all. That’s how it feels sometimes, at least. 🙂

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