Walking along the beach on December 31, 2005

It was some bullshit idea Mom read in a magazine,
but we went willingly, removing our boots
and wool socks to walk barefoot on cold sand.  
I meant to collect shells and sea glass,
only that day, there were jellyfish
clear and gelatinous, washed up on the shore
like blisters swollen on wounded skin,
yet they also had that peculiar beauty
of objects too holy to touch.
Image by Magnus Martins from Pixabay


Written for Shay’s Word Garden Word List, EM-RWP, and MVB-Prompt


    • The jellyfish were weird and mysterious, and also really beautiful. It gave me the heebie-jeebies seeing them that close on the shore, but it was also really cool.

      It wasn’t a bitterly cold day, so that walking on the cold sand end of December wasn’t so uncomfortable. But putting socks and shoes back on over sandy feet was kind of gross. Do you dislike beaches generally, or just when it isn’t beach season?

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  1. I remember there was one summer, a long time ago, where I live when the waters were full of clear little jellyfish like that. People were freaked out and thought it was some harbinger of something. Or that they’d be electrocuted to death.

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    • Yeah, it was those little clear ones. It was so weird because I hadn’t seen anything like that before, and the jellyfish look weirdly beautiful. At the same time, it gave me the heebie-jeebies.
      It does make you wonder what a sudden abundance of little jellyfish are a harbinger of. I could see this being a good short story.


  2. I have been to the beach only a handful of times, and I have never encountered a jellyfish. I would love to see one in person. I guess you could say it is on my bucket list of beach activities. I think they are beautiful, just like this piece *smiles*.

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  3. On trips to the Gulf Coast, I’ve seen jellyfish washed up on the shore many times. I don’t know how long they can live out of water, but know better than to pick one up and put it back in the water. I always hope the ride comes and sweeps them away before death does.

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  4. I love the line, like objects too holy to touch. At the same time, there is something compelling about bodies of water–like, what primordial archetype is it tapping into? New Years eve or not, I think it’s good to “touch base” occasionally, with the source.

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    • Thanks – took me a while to land on that ending, but it’s one of my favorites now.
      Yeah, it had sounded like a cheesy idea at first. Who goes to the beach in December/January (I won’t post locations, but let’s just say this wasn’t somewhere warm like Hawaii or something). But it actually wound up being an interesting experience for the morning of NYE.

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