Back To Shore

Based on “On Your Shore” from Enya’s Watermark album.  Throughout my early years it was a rare summer that we didn’t get to spend a week or so somewhere on the Florida coast with my grandparents. It really was nicer than the song makes out–though if you don’t like beaches in general, there’s always something to go wrong.

That’s not to say our visits were always without incident. There was the year someone got chased by a crab. There was the year the algae bloom washed ashore (hence the slime lyric)–fortunately for us it did so the day we were leaving anyway. And then there was the famous jellyfish incident (Yes, meat tenderizer helps; no, it’s not an instant cure).

Strange how I falter
To find I’m out so far from shore;
Strange fish approach me
And wonder what I’m doing here.

Cold waves wash over
And mix me in a seafood stew.
Though slime moves slowly,
I cannot get out fast enough.

And so, what am I doing out here now?
Salty waves are washing round;
Salty waves are washing o’er me.
What’s that I feel crawling on my toes?
Salty waves are washing round;
Salty waves are glub glub blub glub glub

Dark blue horizons
Away beyond the last sand bar
Hold no attraction:
Already I’m out way too far.

Strange how I falter
To find a jellyfish in water…
Strange, do you think it,
To find I’m heading back to shore?

Copyright 2005, 2011.

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