When we walk along a beach with the
Salty wind blowing in our faces,
Children running and laughing gleefully,
And the sound of gulls squawking to each
Other in the clear sky-blue background,
We care less about the foundation we are
Standing on. Sand. Mahogany, Yellow, and
Orange shimmering in the sun like gem-
Stones planted ever so carefully in the ground.
We batter, toss, stamp and trash you, but
There are no complaints. You’re silent, like
The foggiest day in winter. When we go to
The beach or look at movies we mostly notice
The ocean. But what can it do? We can’t drink
Its water, and it’s violent to our boats.
It’s just a big pool of polluted water
That does nothing. You are what holds us up.
I use you to cool me down on hot, sticky days
When the weather is unbearable. At the young
Age of eight, I built towers that reached to the
Sky to show off your elegance and glamour. Sure,
The ocean sparkles, but sand glistens.

by Nyasha, 7th grade

2 Responses to “Hail to Sand”

  1. Ethan Bozeman

    I read this poem as part of an assignment to write an ode poem and i felt like the ocean didn’t get enough credit so now here i am.

    Response Poem To: “Hail To Sand”

    Ode To Ocean

    Oh, Calm Blue Ocean!
    Your waves washing up and down
    The crashing of the water as the tide pulls to the beach
    The salty wind blowing in my face as i explore your depths
    The sea of wildlife you inhabitat in your depths
    The friendly creatures and the frightening ones too
    The waves reaching to the sky showing off your elegance and glamour
    The fish that inhabit your monument of water we call the ocean
    The sounds of wildlife and waves crashing
    Sure, The sand glistens, But the ocean sparkles.

    • Monkeybanana

      Both amazing poems! I love both of the endings! Hail both the sand and the ocean!


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