Thursday, April 4, 2019

ARTSPEAK: Happy! poem "Beach Time" by Irene Latham

Happy National Poetry Month! I'm excited to be continuing my ARTSPEAK series -- this year with poems on the theme of "Happy." Read why in my introductory post.

Poems so far:

Girl in a Yellow Dress after "A Girl in a Yellow Dress, 1917" by Amedeo Modigliani.

When the Stars Come to Town after "Cafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent van Gogh.

On a Golden Day in May after "Checkered House" by Grandma Moses.

Today's piece is "Children Playing on the Beach" by Mary Cassatt. I love Mary Cassatt's work with all it's love and tenderness toward mothers and children. And how happy is this scene, before the sand gets in the child's eyes, or someone's thirsty or gets a sunburn? :)

Beach Time
after “Children Playing on the Beach” by Mary Cassatt
a sweet time
a let-sand-kiss-your-cheek time
so fill your bucket
with sunshine and salt
dig a little crabhole
skitterflap with seagulls
watch the waves get fat,
then flat –
and when it's time to go
bring a bit of seaside
home in your hat.
- Irene Latham  

 Today is also Spiritual Journey Thursday, in which we are talking about "renewal." I think beaches are a prime place for renewal... same as above, in that their charms are most magical before the sand gets in the child's eyes, or someone's thirsty or gets a sunburn. We took a beach trip last month with two of our adult sons, and it was the perfect blend of relaxation and fun and good food. Here's my favorite picture from the trip -- a beach picture that's not a beach picture, but instead all of us watching CRAZY RICH ASIANS together:

Renewal, indeed! 
Be sure to visit Jone at DeoWriter for the latest line in our Progressive Poem!


  1. I share your loves for the beach and Mary Cassatt. Today's poem is so lovely!

  2. No favorite line today, Irene. I love every bit! Such a sweet poem and picture!

  3. Wonderful! Love your poem + Mary Cassatt. :) "skitterflap" is my favorite part.

  4. Love your poem and the videos!

  5. Favorite image: “let-sand-kiss-your-cheek time.” Also love the repetition of /s/, which sounds like waves in my ear. This is my favorite poem so far.

  6. Oh, I have spent so much time at the beach. Especially in childhood. This poem truly resonates and indeed we do bring the beach home. This past Sept. we took our granddaughter and grandson for a little trip to see the ocean in NJ. What a lovely time. I have a photo of her there I should put in waterlouged app. You just reminded me, so thank you. Your poem is evocative and I always love to see your form, Irene. I love skitterflap with seagulls, how true!!!! Janet F.


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