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Poem: Sawtell Beach

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In this week’s Poet’s Corner, Leon van der Linde captures a beguiling moment of seaside serenity.

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Sawtell Beach

Mid North Coast, New South Wales

a glint of content
in the sun’s golden-warm
arc

blissful the sweep
of each faint
cool breeze

serenity sets sail
a yacht
on the ocean
as it swirls from pale
to dark marine blue

soulful the rhythm
of sea spray
on the rocks
splashed in black
and changing
silvery hues

gratitude lingers
in fading footprints
gulls meditating
on the off-white
sand

the past and future
arise and cease
merging into
carefree awareness

this beguiling moment
at Sawtell Beach

Leon van der Linde was born in Zambia. After 10 years in Tasmania, he now lives with his family on a small farm near the rural locality of Yarrowyck on the western slopes of the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. ‘Yallaroo is a jewel and I have found home…’ With a PhD in psychology from Western Sydney University, he works as a psychologist in nearby Armidale specialising in brief or time-limited dynamic psychotherapy. He is the author of the book ‘A New Drive-Relational-Neuroscience Synthesis for Psychoanalysis’, details of which can be found here.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to poetscorner@solsticemedia.com.au. Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.
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