14 August 2016

based on Wallace Stevens’ “The Snow Man


The Sand Castle


One must have a mind of sand

To regard the ocean and the tides

Of water going out, coming in


And have been both wet and dry

To build castles constructed of grains

The structure fragile as the sand itself


In the September sun and not to think

Of any sadness in the sound of the waves,

In the sound of a few gulls


Which is the sound of that island

Full of the same wind

That is blowing at home in the hills


For the builder, who builds in the sun,

And, child itself, shapes

child that does not dig and child that does.


  1. Love it. A summer snowman poem 🙂

  2. Love it, the same wind blowing and one who yet but a child shaping children of different “bents.”