Thoughts on Pendower beach …

Am I driftwood on the shores of my own life,

salt-laden with tears,

borne by the tides of love to this wild place?

Am I the sea-wrack dredged from the deep,

left on the shore-line

by the strong sea-surge?

Am I the clam-shell exposed on the sand,

scoured by the sea-swell

and emptied of life?

Lost in this sea-scape I watch the white terns,


finding their way

wheeling above me across the wide bay… .

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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12 Responses to Thoughts on Pendower beach …

  1. Shermeen says:

    Cannot offer any words here, atom, only a tear.

    You have created a serene space here that satisfies what the heart and the mind and the soul looks for. Beauty of thoughts and words enhanced by beauty of colour and images. A lovely place to come to!

    • atomsofstars says:

      Thank you , Shermeen, very much … sorry about the tear.

      This was written when I moved here to Cornwall to live .. it was a difficult period in my life ..
      It wrote itself really .. I sat looking at the sea and the first line came into my mind and all the rest followed as I watched the terns ‘wheeling above me across the wide bay’

      • Shermeen says:

        Well, atom, sometimes the reality of life brings a tear to one’s eye, without necessarily making one sad. The ebb and flow, the ups and downs of time and place. Melancholy can have a spiritual dimension to it. I find that as I grow older I am more perceptive to the awe and glory of life and submission to the Higher Being can reduce one to tears.

    • atomsofstars says:

      Re your comment @ 9.52 …

      Yes, indeed … your thoughts accompany mine ..

  2. JM says:

    Ah! The eternal questions, Marya – who am I? what am I? These questions keep coming to us in a thousand forms, all wrapped up in the garb of whatever scene is before our eyes, whether in the mind or in the sands of time. And sometimes we can ask, Who is asking these questions? and who answering? Would it be flippant to answer, Ask the terns? After all, they know much more than the wrack ; and they know where they are going, even if they cannot tell. 🙂

    Your spirit flies high! x

    • atomsofstars says:

      Hello Jamie …

      Yes, the terns showed me the way … I will always be grateful to them and to the spirit that animates them .. and to Cornwall, my sanctuary 🙂

      Thank you for your lovely comments .. most appreciated.

  3. sabina Ahmed says:

    Marya Good Evening

    you made me cry this evening,may be I am feeling a bit fragile,but these are simply beautiful and heart felt words.
    I and others miss you on the MT too, do not abandon us completely please.

    • atomsofstars says:

      Hello Sabina .. Lovely to see you 🙂 I’m sorry that my words have upset you … here’s a hug x

      You will see from my comment to Shermeen that this was written when I first came here .. my life had changed completely after some trauma .. I decided to move here where I had never been before and with which I had no previous connection .. I’d always loved the idea of Camelot .. from Le Morte D’Arthur, by Sir Thomas Mallory, though 🙂 And the poetry arrived from that time on Pendower Beach ..
      I haven’t abandoned MyT .. I had a problem with posting blogs there . Apparently I have used all my allotted space for blogs .. I emailed KD for assistance but have not received any reply so far. A few friends from MyT had suggested that I had my own site but I was rather daunted by the whole thing and the technicalities involved ( my being so hopelessly non-techie ) but the problem propelled me into trying .. so here I am 🙂
      I had made a New Year’s Resolution to give it a whirl .. I just needed the push – and that problem provided it ..
      I won’t abandon my friends .. never fear 🙂 x Thank you very much for getting in touch, Sabina … MyT is like family now, isn’t it? 🙂

      • Shermeen says:

        atom, I think I remember correctly that when you first blogged on My T, you mentioned that you had just then moved to the West country. I also remember, Jamie making a light hearted comment in response to it, something like wait till you find out what the place is like etc.

  4. atomsofstars says:

    Hello Shermeen … actually, it wasn’t Jamie .. it was a certain ‘hwmnbn’ 🙂 with Chinese and Spanish connections …
    I think I replied that I had been made most welcome and had found the Cornish people very kind to a newcomer 🙂

  5. sabina Ahmed says:


    West country is very friendly and very beautiful,as you know. I had only written the other day that there should be a poetry competition on MT,and they are starting one,I quoted you as “our poet in residence”, not realising that you have left. I am surprised that you have used up the apace, I have nearly 400 blogs, all about 300-400 worded and my space is fine?
    There must be a gremlin in the system. MT is the poorer without you.
    Though this is a lovely site .
    Happy Easter.

    • atomsofstars says:

      Hello Sabina …

      thank you for your kind words … they are very much appreciated.

      I haven’t left MyT .. but I can’t blog there because of this space issue .. I haven’t heard from KD .. I sent the email April 2nd. I thought it might have been the photographs that have used up all the space allotted .. I just don’t know.

      It’s kind of you to give me such a title but I write poetry because this is the only way I find I can express myself … somehow the poem finds me .. I really can’t explain the process very well.
      Actually, I wouldn’t participate in a poetry competition …. I’m just not competitive 🙂 and I’m not capable of writing a poem to order either .. I’m very unsuitable material in every respect for such a venture 🙂

      I hope you have a very Happy Easter with your family and the sun continues to shine on your garden 🙂

      Marya x

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