Having the confidence to change – or to be changed
The night watchman

Seeking solitude


An entry in the 2015 Rivers Award
for Writing on Peace & Harmony

After a tiring week of never-ending emails, endless telephone calls
I needed quietness
I walked to the beach to enjoy the cool breeze

The day was luminous and beautiful
Across the turquois sea, the islands welcomed me
Blue enamel and white fluffy clouds swathed the horizon

It’s so quiet, only the drone of an airplane far away
The hum of dragonfly wings, lapping of waves against the shore
Buzzing of bee overhead in the pandanus leaves interrupts my reverie

From some hidden spot in the grass
A frog scolds the pilot for disturbing the peace
Seagulls call; a chickadee chirps

Four sand crabs make a dance in search of food
A breath of air stirs the palm trees
The nearby fireweed sways and shimmers

The smell of seaweed in the air
A fishy smell, a pungent salty odour
I feel the warmth of the sun through sheltering trees

Fireweed seedpods split, releasing white soft cotton
The sea breeze ruffles the water
A thousand silver-winged birds swoop lazily


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