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Poem: Behind These Shades


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."

© 2018 Li-Jen Hew


Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 12, 2018:

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

Li-Jen Hew (author) on July 12, 2018:

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

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 12, 2018:

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

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 17, 2018:

Thank you Manatita! :)

manatita44 from london on June 16, 2018:

Well done, Li-Jen. A beautiful piece!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 16, 2018:

Frank! Thanks! :) :)

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 16, 2018:


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

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 16, 2018:

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

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on June 16, 2018:

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!


Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 15, 2018:

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

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2018:

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

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 15, 2018:

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 (author) on June 15, 2018:

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

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 15, 2018:

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

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 15, 2018:

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.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 15, 2018:

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.


Rinita Sen on June 15, 2018:

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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