On The Beach, 1838
Swirling smoke & fiery sky
reflects off still waters
late in the day, a picture of serenity
as we comb shallow waters
looking to collect what we find,
the remnants of battle,
defeated soldiers' belongings
left quickly behind, the fear
& haste & saltwater tingeing
everything into a sandy scene
of broken wood pilings & sad canteens.
Tomorrow the distant castle's shadow
will be gone, forgotten in another
chance for possible redemption.
We wander about aimlessly,
playing hosts to eclectic items
of untimely reclamation.