The Beach  

_CoffeeNoCream_ 54F
6527 posts
5/20/2006 1:18 am

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The Beach

Some weeks ago, while visiting the beach of Ijmuiden to walk Strike, I found a seagull lying in the sand. Coming upon it, it seemed to be sleeping peacefully, but it never moved. Looking at it closely, I knew that it must have died recently, and since this was the closest I was ever going to get to a seagull, I touched it. It was still warm, and its feathers felt very soft. Strike was barking and very excited. I ended up carrying it to a sand dune in order to bury it, feeling the weight of its body in my hands. It was surprisingly heavy, and I thought, exquisitly made. As its eyes were still clear ( This must be Jonathan Seagull flashed through my mind) I just couldn't get myself to throw sand on him, instead, finding a scarf to cover it. It seemed somehow inappropriate to just walk off afterwards, so I stood by the grave and said a "prayer" religeous words, but an acknowledgment of life and our shared mortality.

Offered by one creature to another.

Liefs Coffee

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
5/20/2006 2:47 am


libgemOH 57M/53F

5/20/2006 4:12 am

You're a big softy and that is sweet! -B

TammyDHU 46F  
246 posts
5/20/2006 8:34 am

This is a TOUCHING post. God, I am sure, will bestow all His best blessings upon you for this one simple act. You showed tenderness and respect to another living creature and admired its beauty.

We are all God's creatures. I have a strong faith, and I would be the last one to ever laugh at this story...

deliciousngood 65F
1666 posts
5/20/2006 12:56 pm

We're all god's creatures...lovely in our ways.

Yes, you get some definite Karma to the good for acknowledging the preciousness of the seagull's life!

womanoirish 55F

5/20/2006 5:57 pm

Wonderful post.

Wish I could feel the same about the dead, squished squirrels I find on the road.

dutchpete 55M
563 posts
5/22/2006 8:29 am

Nature gives and nature takes.

As been grown up within nature I can enjoy all creatures. From dizzling running ants to a single gliding bird in the sky.

Priapeo 47M

7/11/2006 9:59 am

Shelley is said to have been burnt on the beach where he was washed up after he drowned, while Byron sang and danced adorned with flowers around the pyre. Trelawny managed to pick his heart and gave it later to Mary Shelley.

It's inevitable that we look to the dead the way we looked at them when they were alive.

Never argue with an idiot. He brings you down to his level then beats you with experience

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