Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside

Look at them laugh and relax on the beach,

paddling toes, digging holes, smooching on sand,

slapping on sun cream, sucking on a peach.

These days are our last, don’t they understand?


While filthy litter makes the planet choke,

fleeing children starve under smoking skies,

plastic fills the sea from our greed for coke,

homeless bundles huddle, fear in their eyes.


Don’t they know the great time of man has passed?

Or do they make hay while the sun still shines?

The wealth and the excess will never last;

protective lotion layer coating minds.


Do they bury worry deep in the sand?

Block ears with the sound of the soothing sea.

Like me, enjoy the small things while they can;

cover eyes with shades so they cannot see.

8 thoughts on “Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside

  1. First of all, because I love the beach, the opening image caught my eye. You captured the joys and the ignorance of the beach. I always wonder about the selfish nature of those who take the entire planet for granted.

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    1. I love being by the sea too and it is lovely to just be there, enjoying the moment, but sometimes it makes me think about the divisions in our world and what we are doing to our planet. Our society encourages consumerism and it will be a long hard struggle to change attitudes. It is a tough thing to face and so much easier to carry on as we are, pretending these things are not happening! 🙂


  2. Thank you for thinking of me – I don’t tend to get involved in challenges as I can never decide who to tag! Here is one of my favourite quotes that I try to live by:
    “Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.” – Jerome K Jerome 🙂


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