Poetry

Kid on the Beach by Mark Tulin

I was that kid on the beach 
with a plastic bucket and shovel,
guarding the hole
I dug in the sand. 

If you were a girl back then,
no matter how cute,
I wouldn’t have let you build sandcastles
with me.

I would have said no,
worried what the other boys
might think,

not realizing that you could
have been the sand princess
that I’d be searching for, 
the rest of my life. 

 

First published in Literary Yard.

Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

41 comments on “Kid on the Beach by Mark Tulin

  1. A sand princess might be a tad on the quiet side!

  2. A perfect poem, which resonates beyond the little poem with the little boy with the plastic bucket.

  3. thank you for the memories this evoked!

  4. Probably just as well that we don’t know the outcome of our actions at the time, as I think we would get in one hell of a muddle!

  5. Great poem! I always loved building sandcastles! I especially liked building a moat and then making a little ‘river’ down to the water. The ending of your poem is grand. I like the thought of sand princesses passing by, unobserved by you, too busy creating your sand sculptures!

    • Thanks, Linda. I enjoyed building structures in the sand. Mine were more like condominiums than castles. 🙂🙂

  6. love this, love the ending and the wonderful illustration; which came first? the picture or the poem?

  7. OMG, Mark!!! What an Awesome love poem!! So romantic, insightful and full of wistful wondering!! Please be sure to add this to “Mark’s Best Of” list!! Bellissimo, My Friend, Bellissimo!!

  8. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Don’t Miss Mark’s great romantic poem

  9. A real young guy’s attitude. LOL!

  10. Very nice! I saw those boys growing up. I guess I wasn’t their Sand Princess.

  11. Just remember you might have been her prince, or she’ll grab your bucket so you would chase after her. ❤

  12. Very poignant and I identify with that, too.

  13. Love this 😊💖

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