Still Talking

Still Talking

He is still talking ...
I listened intently for as long as I could
but felt my mind wandering
to a faraway place where all I could hear
was the gentle lapping of waves
against a sandy shores

A warm breeze rustled the sea grasses
as I studied my toes buried deep
in the cool soft powdered beach
I watched sandpipers toying with the water
Running out and running in, never to get wet

I picked up treasure of bleached-out shells
Waiting in their emptiness to be collected 
and transported elsewhere and stored
in a box with a lid closed tight
Never to see the sun again until needed
for a memory check of what once was

I followed footprints along the beach
Watching the tide reclaim them effortlessly
The colors began to change in the late afternoon
and there is an orange glow the color of marmalade
A seagull shrieks loudly
and I am startled from my peaceful sojourn
It is then I realize ...
He is still talking 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Peter Frank is hosting D'Verse Poets, Meet at the Bar tonight.
He has prompted us with 'Circular poetry'.  We have the option to
write a Pantoum or Villanelle which are circular poems with
repetition, or to write a poem showing something coming
full circle

Photo by Saksham Gangwar on Unsplash

  29 comments for “Still Talking

  1. March 29, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Outstanding, Christine! I love the image of the poor collected, locked away shells.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 29, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much. We do seem to hungrily collect shells and take them home with us, but rarely do we ever look at them again. I wonder why. Too sad to revisit maybe because we would wish we were still there? ☺️

      • March 30, 2021 at 9:21 pm

        Yes, we love them as we collect them and remember the special place.

      • Christine Bolton
        March 30, 2021 at 10:34 pm

        Yes they are special aren’t they? I particularly like collecting little pieces of coral too ☺️

      • March 31, 2021 at 8:48 pm

        Some of mine are in glass jars, most of them are missing.

      • Christine Bolton
        March 31, 2021 at 9:09 pm

        Too bad. I wonder where they went 😯

  2. March 28, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I love it… and there are times when there are so much more interesting things around than someone talking (I guess he talked about himself)

  3. March 26, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Girl, tell him to shut the heck up and GET TO THAT DAMN BEACH ALREADY 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🏖🙂. Very Dorothy Parkeresque, lush beautiful poem that is also HILARIOUS.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 26, 2021 at 11:48 pm

      Lol. Too funny Lona! 🤣🤣 Hope you’re well.

  4. sanaarizvi
    March 26, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    I have known many such men in the airline industry! This is brilliantly executed, Christine 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      March 26, 2021 at 11:49 pm

      Oh you too Sanaa?!!! 🤣 Thank you so much 😊

  5. March 26, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    So, I was laughing so much, I knocked the e off your name. 🤣

    • Christine Bolton
      March 26, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      Lol 🤣🤣. I answer to most things. No worries 😌

  6. March 26, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    I think we’ve all been there! So funny, Christin. Thank you!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 26, 2021 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks Merril. Indeed we have ! 🤣🤣

  7. March 26, 2021 at 3:11 am

    I love how you tuned out of this man’s talk and went to your happy place. I was really smiling by the last line!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 26, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Ingrid. It’s funny I found myself actually doing this once when a neighbor would not stop talking. I completely zoned out 🤣

      • March 26, 2021 at 9:49 am

        😂 I think we’ve all done it!

  8. March 25, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    And they don’t seem to notice the glazed eyes of their captive audience! Imagination has often rescued me!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 25, 2021 at 11:15 pm

      Lol 🤣. It’s hard sometimes isn’t it Carol?

  9. March 25, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Haha, a mind journey to escape a monologue! It happens

    • Christine Bolton
      March 25, 2021 at 11:18 pm

      It sure does Sadje. You’d think they’d read the signs, wouldn’t you? But nooooooo! 😬

      • March 26, 2021 at 12:09 am


  10. March 25, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Terrific hilarious piece Christine. Here in Australia we’re hearing lots of men talking – men who should know better – men in positions of power and responsibility – men who should be listening instead. Bravo you.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 25, 2021 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks so much Peter! I’m happy you liked it ☺️ I’m not very good at muttering under my breath when I’m those situations so it seemed a good idea to go on a little trip 🤣

  11. March 25, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    LMAO! I’ve known one or two people like the man. There is no other remedy 😉

    • Christine Bolton
      March 25, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      Ha! Isn’t it awful? OMG, you almost have to be rude to make them stop. Or do as I did but then you run the risk of m ore of there same! 🤣🤣🤣

      • March 25, 2021 at 8:10 pm

        :::laugh emoji:::

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