Renhai Reflections 28: On the Sand

(With Notes)

On the Sand
A Renhai by Gillena Cox (gc)*, and Vaughn Seward (vs)
Written Oct 10-18, 2008

A stroll on the beach —
another flip-flop among
the high tide debris. /vs

Chip-chip shells splayed on the sand — /gc
the fishermen spread their nets. /vs

An empty bucket
beside the sculptured castle
giant sandy feet. /gc

Theme: Beach
Season: Spring
Format: 5-7-5, 7-7, 5-7-5
Process: Reverse
Link 1-2: Shells / washed-up flip-flops.
Link 2-3: Bucket / Shellfish
Link 3-1: Feet / Slippers

Notes: Chip-chip Butterfly Shells, small wedge shaped clams of assorted colours and patterns, usually found at low tide on the Trinidad East Coast beaches of Mayaro, Manzanilla and Balandra during chip-chip season, February through April. They make excellent cocktails and shellfish dishes.


Gillena is from Trinidad in the Caribbean and so is Vaughn's wife, Janice. This Renhai is therefore based on common experiences.


J. Andrew Lockhart said...


Devika said...

I belong to Kerala sorrounded by three seas...

the first two very familiar..and the third remember me looking at awe at the feet of sculpture on one of the shores...

and this Renhai...i build the correlation faster...

Nice, and thankk you

Pamela said...

I could smell it....

Borut said...

It's all so interconnected, this world of ours, your renhai seem to teach!?:)

John McDonald said...

yes most interesting

Masago said...

Thank you all from Gillena & I!

Devika: You are catching on quick. :-)

Borut: Yes, I am finding this more and more (the Asian verse practice tends to "focus" one's "soul" to this I am finding).

Devika said...


jem said...

Thanks for the extra information, and pointing out your links. I'll never forget those chip-chip shells now.

Masago said...

Devika & JEM: Thanks!