Friday, November 10, 2006

Strange things on a beach

'But that was nothing to what things came out
From the sea-caves of Criccieth yonder.'


strange things on a beach, originally uploaded by Wahj.

I saw this and was reminded immediately of a poem by Robert Graves, "Welsh Incident" (you can read a copy here).

Things washed up on a beach are always so repulsive, in a slimy, or crusty, or tentacularly way. Alive, and underwater, they can look quite beautiful, but dead and washed up on a beach ... well, you look back on your footsteps in the sand and see wide detours.

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