Poem: Behind These Shades

Updated on June 15, 2018

Behind These Shades

I think of my overuse of suntan lotion,

The swimming talent which I lack,

And how the weight of my stiff back,

Keeps requesting me to practice caution.

As I lay down on a deckchair,

I stay active behind these shades,

By productively playing a game of charades,

While children joyously toss beach balls they share.

Although I only taste the sea-salty air,

The beach does not make me bored,

I gaze longingly at the daring surfer on the surfboard,

Which makes me reminisce times when I didn’t have to care.

How even more foolish I was as a child,

I ruled that every seashell was mine,

They were accessories to my sandcastles at the shoreline,

I persevered to recover these necessities when waves were only mild.

I love the imperfections of the sandy beach,

The small pyramids sculptured by footprints of diversity,

The holes never tire the sand that carry families,

They live in harmony with the blue sea.

The sea sparkles like fine wine,

But nothing compares to the shine in children’s eyes,

How they light up more with gleaming splashes,

Their’s and my kind of friendly lashes.

Ann Carr's Challenge

This poem is actually from the perspective of a man who used to be fit and active at the beach but now lives a sedentary lifestyle. It is in response to Ann Carr's Challenge. Thanks Ann for this challenge. It's my first challenge on HubPages and I would like to play along as you know...the more the merrier..haha! :)

She wrote:

"I want to pass the baton with a challenge of my own.

Do you have a favourite beach? One you know, or one in your imagination? Write about it! Describe like you’ve never described before! Use unusual vocabulary! Make us see every detail in the landscape!

Prose, poem, fiction or reality, let’s hear about it in a way which makes us want to visit or which fires up our imagination."

What kind of sand do you prefer to feel?

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© 2018 Li-Jen Hew


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    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      lol... yeah I did.. didn't think you would notice,,,LOL

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      7 months ago

      LOL Frank. You copy pasted the same comment! :) Thanks for the amusement and double compliment! x)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      a very well written response to the challenge Li-Jen... awesome poetry.. Frank

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Thank you Manatita! :)

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      8 months ago from london

      Well done, Li-Jen. A beautiful piece!

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Frank! Thanks! :) :)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago


      Thank you so much! Haha behind the words! :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      a very well written response to the challenge Li-Jen... awesome poetry.. Frank

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      8 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      It is really a great talent to become someone else through your poem! I think you've put many more behind the words, my dear, Li-Jen! Great work! I am proud of you!


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      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Hello Jodah. Haha, sounds like you? Glad you could relate. You are an observant poet. Thanks for the comment!

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      John Hansen 

      8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I enjoyed your poem, Li-Jen. It was a good response to Ann's challenge. The narrator actually sounds a lot like me lol.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Hey Mary, I wouldn't surprise if you knew how to write poetry given that you have written articles based on your experiences and observations. Haha, you can start writing poems any time. I'm sure you would know how to include your adventures in a poem and those silly disadvantages at destinations. Glad you are inspired to write poetry. Thanks for commenting! :)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Hello Ann, thanks for the kind comment. Glad it made you recall your childhood days. Thanks for the add! :)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Hey Rinita, thanks for commenting. Yeah, memories stay with us! :)

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      Mary Norton 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      A great response to Ann's challenge. Your poetry is so beautiful. I wish I can go back to writing poetry. I have stopped 50 years ago and have not written any as I had been busy doing technical writing.

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      Ann Carr 

      8 months ago from SW England

      Well done, Li-Jen! I like the rhythm and vocabulary of your poem; the subject is refreshingly different and recalls a childhood like mine.

      I'll add your link to my hub.


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      Rinita Sen 

      8 months ago

      Marvelous response it is! The beach when we were children, and used to build those sandcastles, memories that will stay young forever.


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