Without a Trace – Poem of the Month – February 2022

Without a Trace

Footprints stolen
by the sea
Voices drowned
by gulls
Words carried
away in protest
on salty winds
The beach keeps its secrets
of ghosts from the past
Sweeping away remnants 
of life and love
without a trace
until there’s nothing left
but pristine sand
Although here
among the driftwood
and starfish,
your essence
lingers still
Your presence
is felt, always
Copyright © 2022 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
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Sarah from Sarahsouthwest is hosting Tuesday night at D'Verse
and she has prompted us with Lost Valentines "lost loves, your
broken loves, your loves that never were! The fireworks that
didn’t quite go off, the bud that never opened, the seed that
failed to sprout."
This is a poem I wrote a couple of years ago

Image by Christina1966 from Pixabay 

  28 comments for “Without a Trace – Poem of the Month – February 2022

  1. February 20, 2022 at 11:11 am

    The way you describe the beach as all what is left in the sand is like so many things in life that we have lost.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 20, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you ☺️

    • April 1, 2022 at 12:24 am

      Without the Sea, we are nothing. With the Sea, we are everything. Wonderful piece Christine!

      • Christine Bolton
        April 2, 2022 at 7:36 pm

        Thank you Ami ☺️💕

  2. February 17, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    The imagery here is fantastic!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 18, 2022 at 12:29 am

      Thank you! I appreciate it ☺️💕

  3. February 17, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    I love your images in this one. The sea is such a great metaphor for life! I like the driftwood memories still lingering!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 20, 2022 at 7:11 am

      Yes! Thanks Dwight ☺️

      • February 20, 2022 at 12:17 pm

        You are welcome!

  4. February 17, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    I love the metaphor of the imprint in the sand: so easy to erase, but a trace forever lingers!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 18, 2022 at 1:02 am

      Thank you so much Ingrid ☺️💕

  5. February 16, 2022 at 5:38 pm


    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2022 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks so much ☺️💕

  6. sanaarizvi
    February 16, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    “The beach keeps its secrets of ghosts from the past,”.. yes, yes! Such an exquisitely woven poem, Christine! 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2022 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you Sanaa ☺️💕 So happy you liked it!

  7. February 16, 2022 at 10:53 am

    The visual imagery here is wonderful! The first stanza had a slight feel of people arguing, or at least discussing intensely – and then the loss in the second stanza and the almost resolution in the end. It’s finely crafted.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2022 at 7:51 pm

      Oh thank you so much Sarah! I’m so happy you liked it. Yes you read it correctly ☺️💕

  8. Ain
    February 16, 2022 at 4:34 am

    Supremely visual…and lovely description..the sea stealing footprints…stunning, and the other lines too. The atmosphere around the words is so strong, like the tide itself, pulling..

    • Christine Bolton
      February 16, 2022 at 9:33 am

      Thank you Ain. I’m so appreciative of your lovely comments. ☺️💕

  9. August 27, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    WOW! Remarkable and haunting. Very beautiful poetry, as always. <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Christine Bolton
      August 27, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      Oh so sweet Lucy. You know I really appreciate your kind words. My poetry is so different from yours and I find yours very exciting and wild! ☺️

  10. August 27, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Wow!! So Awesome Christine!! I love the emotions, feelings and wistful images!!! Is this your expansion of your Haiku? Seems like it?? I’m so glad you expanded on that gem!! Bellissimo, My Dear, Bellissimo!!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 27, 2020 at 8:38 pm

      Yes this was the expansion of the Haiku. Very similar to your lovely poem Chuck 🥰❤️

      • August 28, 2020 at 3:55 pm

        I so love this, Christine! So happy you decided to expand this!! Loved your line – “Footprints stolen
        by the sea” – Bellissimo, My Dear!!

  11. August 26, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Great use of the prompts in this lovely poem

    • Christine Bolton
      August 26, 2020 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much Sadje 🥰

      • August 26, 2020 at 9:41 pm

        You’re welcome 😉

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