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21 Dec: Sentinel;
Kent & Sussex,
Anne Stewart (Birthday)
Katherine Gallagher (Anytime)
The beach is anonymous, far from the damage people do.
Only the tide to listen and pay homage to, and follow it to Wherever,
far on the other side. Have faith, he tells himself. She – the honest
and loving sea – She’ll provide what’s needed. Enfoldment, a song
to soothe a troubled child, a fish or two. Get used to sand between the toes,
avoiding jellyfish, and there you are – safe and free and home and dry.
And there were omens. A tender breeze, a bright cold sun. They cooled
his bruised and broken skin and dried his eyes, calmed his frantic mind.
Seagulls in the white clouds wheeled away, calling ‘Come.’ ‘Come.’