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Alone at the Windy Beach
by Gene Williamson
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I toss my trusty cane into the sea,
drop to my knees and roll in the surf,
flop in the sand and read again with envy
these nostalgic lines from D.H Lawence:
The waning moon looks upward, this grey night
Sheers round the heavens in one smooth curve
Of easy sailing. Odd red wicks serve
To show where the ships at sea move out of sight.
I manage to stand on ungainly legs, 
confront the wind, wrapped in my purple mantilla,
and in a state of abulia, foregoing the will
to seek shelter in the scrabbled dunes,
ululate with the gulls.
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Reviewed by Diana Wiles 1/27/2012
Heavenly words...and my favourite place to be too...All those cobwebs blown clean away..Its just about the only place left we can ululate...
Best wishes, Diana...
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 11/22/2011
Your word pictures possess so much clarity that I can easily plant myself within the frame and dance along with you and the gulls.Oh what a sight. Love it Gene. J'nia <> <
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/14/2011
Your verses make me feel as though I too could ululate with the gulls. Well done, Gene. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 8/10/2011
I love "confront the wind." The image you create here is so powerful and it pulls me in as if I were standing somewhere in the shadows along the shore silently cheering you on . . .
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 8/7/2011
You paint a wonderful day on a windy beach, one of my favorite places to be in any kind of I miss the sea
love and peace dear friend, Carole~
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 8/4/2011
God, this is good!!

Make that p e r f e c t.

"...ululate with the gulls..." has me struggling for words. Images are outstanding, but what sends me most is the way the poem
s o u n d s. Especially the last verse. All those delectable llllll's!!

Wonderful work. Just wonderful.

xOx Phyllis xOx
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/24/2011
... and from the crazy, topsy-turvy windswept beaches of my Dorset shores, you will hear my eager yodelling refrain, dear Gene! How I long for those ululating days when the winds are so fierce the sound is pretty much stopped in your mouth and yet you feel the adrenalin rush of the wild scream of ecstasy or relief. Bits of DH have this effect on me as well... gotta love his odd red wicks!! :)) xx
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 7/23/2011
Feeling the free wind in my hair
knowing a great poet expressed it!!


Thank you for taking me there!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 7/23/2011
Very strong visuals, Gene. I was completely involved with your trip to the windy beach. ~Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 7/22/2011
The image of tossing the cane out to sea is riveting.. well done, my friend... Myrna
Reviewed by richard cederberg 7/22/2011
Ululate indeed - did the book of poems get wet? Love the words you chose gene. Peace and continued inspiration ... richard
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/21/2011
Riveting even feel that wind!
Reviewed by Axilea MU 7/21/2011
Lovely! Such strength and freedom. This shows the ageless beauty of a poetic soul, Gene!

Reviewed by Lois Christensen 7/21/2011
going to beach for 5 days, camping in camper no elect at nights, so the moonlight will be a welcome sight..
Good poetry here just in time for my beach get away.
Love those rolling ocean waves and all the things that go with it to enjoy.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 7/21/2011
I love this poem, it speaks to the soul of hope and freedom
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/21/2011
I can feel the winds of change, Gene! Superb poem!
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/21/2011
Intense feelings of freedom abound in this one, put me there...the wind in my face, the gulls soaring above....great stuff!

Reviewed by Liana Margiva 7/21/2011
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/21/2011
Wow - I often Ululate with my Dogs in the Woods - but I've never Ululated with Seagulls - sounds marvelous. Keep On Ululating!!
Reviewed by Jon Willey 7/20/2011
The poet confronting the elements (life) with the bravado of youth, and the wisdom of experience, though challenged with an aging body. Your lament was heard by the trusty gulls. We all face a similar frustrations to one degree or another. Only the wiley and crafty poet knows the secret to victory. And at poet's end, he'll write again. Gene, this is a colorful expression filled with metaphors and superb writing my dear friend. I am entertained by your masterful rendering. I hope you are preparing another for sharing with us. I bid you love and pace.Jon Michael
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/20/2011
This is
The Young Man and the Sea
Gene Williamson,
poet without the need for props
living the moment of living
and we, his readers, are wrapped
in the beauty and warmth of his fine words.

Reviewed by Joy Hale 7/20/2011
Your powerful words speak volumes and yet amuse at the same time! This is an exceptionally good write, Gene. Like fine wine, your words seem to improve with age. Thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 7/20/2011
Powerful writing by an awesome writer.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 7/20/2011
Such soul-reaching words, whimsical but in a profound way, as you delve deeply into this numinous experience ~
Freshly quirky and pleasurable imagery!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/20/2011
I like your lines . . .

"confront the wind, wrapped in my purple mantilla,
and in a state of abulia, foregoing the will
to seek shelter in the scrabbled dunes,
ululate with the gulls."

better than D.H.'s.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/20/2011
I'd pay good money to see you wrapped in your purple mantilla while you ululate with the you are a sight on AC'd better keep that cane till you are more sure on your legs...Ed

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