By the Sea

by Annie Harpel

little yellow flowers
speckle the bright green grass,
dance to the music of the gentle sea breeze

great blue heron
walks in the warm sunlight,
the surface of the ocean
reflects the sun’s rays
like glittering diamonds

white and storm-gray clouds
waft between here and distant rolling hills
branches of wind-driven cypress trees
bend and stretch over the road

wonder found in everyday moments


About the Writer

Annie was born in Illinois, grew up in Orange County, CA and now lives in a quiet beach town along the Central Coast of CA. She is a poet, essayist, fine art photographer and artist. Her poetry has been published in local newspapers and online literary journals including Drabble, Heart of Flesh, Impspired and First Literary Review – East. She has taught poetry workshops at several county libraries and is a member of Cambria Writers Workshop. She says poetry is her raft, star, song, umbrella.


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Photo Credit: “GREAT EGRET” by cuatrok77, Flickr.com. Modified by Veronica McDonald.

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