One thing to say about the sea
Is that it so invar’ably
Provides a source of poetry.

I paddle in intrepidly
And wave for everyone to see –
The waves wave back determin’dly!

Returned to beach quite crunchingly
I swim back out more cautiously,
And, ‘This is cool!’ declare with glee.

So then I stroll, beachcombingly,
But of nice shells, the beach is free,
So I proceed  quite grumpily.

But soon locate, apparently,
A paddle from a paddle-ski,
The beach is offering to me!

Not up the creek, but out at sea
Without a paddle, seemingly,
Somebody would appear to be.

The scoops will scoop agreeably,
And as I hear no plaintive plea
For its return, my spare ‘twill be!

Paddle 004
From my paddle fiddle-faddle;
Paddle-ski  has gained a paddle –
Hope from me it won’t skedaddle!

© Colonialist April 2013 (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. Really catchy rhyme, not awful–and with a gorgeous view!


  2. Zirkie says:

    Loved this rhyme, as always!


  3. Love your view there, Col.


  4. melouisef says:

    Love the photo!
    Pity about the other paddle….


  5. Sonel says:

    I wonder where is the other paddle? LOL! Great post and photo Col!


  6. nrhatch says:

    If I had a paddle . . .
    I’d paddle in the morning . . .
    I’d paddle in the evening . . .
    All over the sea . . .

    Your poetry overflows with rhyme time and tide!


  7. The sea has given us life. And a paddle! 😉


  8. adinparadise says:

    What a lucky find, Col. No shells, but a paddle? Well you can’t have everything in this life. 🙂


  9. 68ghia says:

    All this about a paddle 😉
    You are a genius Col!!


  10. SuziCate says:

    That would be terrible if the paddle skedaddled…I always have that fear! Yes, the waves are so friendly the way they wave and beckon us and invite us on in!


    • colonialist says:

      I wonder how the owner got back ashore? Maybe he and his ski went surfing in and the paddle got taken out by a current.
      Our waves tend to be rather boisterous, and when they wave at you they knock you over!


  11. bulldog says:

    Now this has given me a good laugh, apparently some one is running around desperately, even breathlessly, looking for a paddle-ski without a paddle… talk about being up a creek and in the sheet..


  12. Pussycat44 says:

    Up the creek without a paddle!


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