SANTA MONICA BEACH 1905.

SANTA MONICA BEACH 1905.

A Poem by Terry Collett
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THE MEMORY OF SANTA MONICA BEACH IN 1905 BY TWO GIRLS.

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Santa Monica
Beach is where they took
You both each year, you

 

And Martha, and set
You down there and you’d
Get all excited

 

Seeing the sea and
All, and the promise
Of ice creams and a

 

Dip in the water,
Providing you were
Careful and Martha

 

Took care of you, and
Of course Mother’d be
Watching with her hawk

 

Eyes on you each darn
Minute seeing what
You were up to and

 

What it was you were
Talking about, she
Never did trust you

 

Too much back then, she
Always had the strange
Idea that a young

 

Girl like you might be
Up to planning some
Kind of mischief, but

 

You never were, at
Least nothing all too
Drastic, and Martha

 

Would whisper something 
And Mother’d say, what
You girls whispering

 

About now? And we’d
Say, Nothing Mother,
Nothing at all, and

 

Father’d be his old
Grumpy self and he’d
Be worrying as

 

He stood on the beach,
About where you were
To sit and who was

 

Nearby and he not
Liking it if boys
Were too near or that

 

Kind of people or
Whether the water
Was too cold or (too

 

Wet) Martha’d say and
You’d laugh and see the
People around you

 

Looking and staring
And wondering who
The heck you were to

 

Be laughing so much,
But it boiled down
To the sea and scene

 

And living and you
Being alive and
Being young and both

 

Having for the day
At least, something to
Be happy about,

 

Something that you’d both
Remember years to
Come, when you were stuck

 

In New York with that
Glum George of a dumb
Husband and Martha

 

Laid up sick in that
Kansas hospital
With creeping cancer

 

And only having
The dim view of the
City and her sweet
Memories of you.

© 2010 Terry Collett


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I love that photo..it is wonderful, but they are very warmly dressed..
This poem is incredible..i could feel it completely in each line..it is
alive and wonderful. I completely love the ending. I am so happy they
had that time and that nothing could take it from them.

Posted 12 Years Ago



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Terry Collett
Terry Collett

United Kingdom



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Terry Collett has been writing since 1971 and published on and off since 1972. He has written poems, plays, and short stories. He is married with eight children and eight grandchildren. on January 27t.. more..

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