Southbourne beach, Dorset, UK.
This photograph is part of my by the sea series
50% of net sales proceeds on this image got to Cancer Research UK.
David Roman was so kind to write a beautiful poem to go with this image:
The summer tide rolled in that day as it always does.
We watched its lonely grey curve touch the clean white shores .
We come here often your mom and I together sixty years.
We come to see our favorite place and dream and think of you.
A place so full of memories most of them not sad.
We left the house this summers morn to come and say hello.
This day comes but once a year and brings with it new tears.
Although this is a holy day we celebrated with love… in memory of you.
We’ve come to look out at the sea each year on this your holy day.
We’ve come for thirty year we have… to stand and look an mourn.
For here it was so long ago I watched as waves rolled in.
And took the one that we loved most to his resting place.
I watched as one wave caught you my son as you swam that day.
And then another came behind and dragged you farther out.
I watched as you so valiantly struggled with the sea.
And then another came again and took you to our lord.
This was a day that was for you at last you were a man.
Sixteen and full of life’s new dreams your head was in the clouds.
You talked about what you would do now that you were a man.
We laughed and joked about the day when I would be so old.
And you would come and sit by me an watch the waves roll in.
And I no longer fit to stand the war had ended that
Did have a son that loved me so, to him I was his heart.
And he for me was everything a reason to live on.
We would sit for many nights as the waves rolled in.
And talk of dreams yet unknown when he would be a man.
We come to this our favorite place to watch the waves roll in.
And think of you my loving son gone so long ago.
Your mother cry’s so all alone as if it were her fault..
Her memory’s filled with so much pain of that sad sad day.
For she had left us all alone to buy your birthday cake.
When she came back my tears told her that you had passed away.
Thirty years have rolled by it seems like yesterday.
Its pain a thing we have relived a million times or more.
And here we are once again on these lonely shores.
These shores have given us such love and taken all we have.
And now I look out at the sea and sadly cry for you.
And here we sit so all alone your memory’s all we have.
But god up high has promised us we’ll see you once again