The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise

Magical Talismans In Sand


When I first saw the patterns made by the crabs I thought it was a message for me alone. Now I know differently. I learned to listen to what the tide was telling me. The beach is their canvas, there are many messages as each crab expresses what it feels.


In my dream it was promised

I will be this next.

The tides have told me

I will live in the sun

And make my nest out in the air

The waves will be a memory

Contending clouds

Will be my wide new sea.



The shadow of the hawk

Will keep my nemesis – heron

Away, he will not dare

To land near here

My strong magic

Protects me still



This ocurred in our mothers’ time,

The time of our parents

Beyond our parents.

We watched it fall, that star

Dragging down darkness

Howling as it came.

Soon it grew cold,

Many of the creatures around us

could not survive.

We crabs still

Live upon this beach,

Going, as we do,

About our business.


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18 thoughts on “Magical Talismans In Sand

  1. Aah, this is beautiful – both the words and the designs.


  2. This is one of my favorite posts ever, by anybody. Just outstanding. I, too, love the beach art of crabs and tide. Your accompanying poem makes magic of the patterns. Judy


  3. Reblogged this on lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown and commented:
    This posting is so amazing–both images and words–that I had to reblog it.

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  4. WE can only imagine who, or what even when seen in the sand an adventure, both mystical yet true Imagine.

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  5. Beautiful words and crab art work.


  6. Wow! That’s really pretty. I’m almost anticipating if those crabs are going to pop out of the little holes. Poem is nicely written too. 🙂


  7. Good heavens, Peter ! – I never saw these, not in the whole 8½ years we lived there !
    They’re WONDERFUL.
    They give you room to let your imagination fly, delightfully.