June 7, 2014 § 13 Comments


nothing but sand

the north sea

is miles away


Photo of Holkham Beach courtesy W.B Pippin


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  • Bruce Goodman says:

    WOW – so big it’s almost scary. That’s the picture. The haiku is great too!

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thanks, Bruce. I think it’s a landscape that could be dangerous as one could get cut off when the tide came in…

  • NEO says:

    Love the bleakness, and the starkness, and the Haiku. Something in the whole thing calls to me.

  • F.G.M. says:

    du sable, c’est tout,
    la mer du Nord
    est si loin
    not a literal translation of a beautiful haiku! Hope you’ll like it – Thanks for sharing such beautifiul pictures & poems.

  • Wonderful…..I love that feeling when the tide has retreated almost as far as you can see….leaving soft undisturbed sand….

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thank you. I feel much more at home in mountainous and treed landscapes, so it was interesting to experience this. I felt a strong sense of past community and cooperation – and much laughter… 🙂

  • Miranda Stone says:

    Beautiful in its simplicity. And I love how the poem starts out with this seemingly immeasurable distance, but then you hone it down to something we can understand when you describe the North Sea being miles away. (Does that even make sense? I hope so.) Love to you, Rachael!

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Yes, it does make sense. This haiku was just an observation – a note to myself to write something about that beach. When I went back to it I realised it could already be ‘complete’. I’m going to pare down to the minimum and brake the 5-7-5 rule more and more to see what emerges. Might be a disaster! Hugs xxx

  • pi314chron says:

    Beauty even in the barren miles of sand. Uh…did you happen to see any nudists in the area?! Just curious!

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      It is spectacular, but so desolate – hardly any birds or crabs or anything really – except fresh air. And as for the nudists, Ron – too cold! 🙂

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