Pic and a Word #220: My two shorelines

Today I had to use Patrick’s first two lines as the starter for my poem. Are these my two shorelines, I wonder.

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Two shorelines

“Sooner or later
We all come to the shoreline”
Patrick Jennings

Sooner or later
we all come to the shoreline
that will be our last.

Shore –
that our lifeline ends,
of course –
that it runs its course.

Just like some fail
to yield more than two dates
in their lifetimes –
even if it kills them –

we only have two shores:
the current
and the undercurrent.


In the photo part, my two shores in images: first the tiny Slovenian coast on the Adriatic sea, and then my Costa d’Argento, the Silver Coast, here in southern Tuscany.


In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #220: Shoreline

16 thoughts on “Pic and a Word #220: My two shorelines

      1. Don’t be so critical. I love the poem.
        Btw, i don’t remember seeing you on my previous post, I know you read the story on Tweeter. I was waitining to tell sth. Anyway, remember when I told u to wait for Feb? Well, these are the guys I was talking about. Do try Elephants Never. A very supportive bunch of people and not very demanding. They publish diverse voices, which is great.

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  1. we only have two shores:
    the current
    and the undercurrent.

    I'm not sure how to interpret that stanza. It changes in my mind even as I read it. That's a good thing — it's good to have your cage poetically rattled now and a gain. And I love every interpretation. 🙂

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