The White Beach Hut, or: Normans Bay

A ‘Minute Poem’

The sun-Bleached porch is where She sits;
Ripples transmit
Forbidden Words;
Sea-sounds; pert Birds;

She gazes up at Haze Of blue;
Love soars forth true;
Solitude reigns
Among sand Grains;

And~ Locked away treasures Of shells
Guarded by swells;
God's Artless art
Unlocks the Heart;
“I gaze at circling gulls in a haze of blue”
Photo: Lesley Scoble

‘Minute Poem’?

  • Narrative poetry—Tell a story in real time of a minute;  
  • A 12 line poem comprised of 3 quatrains (3 stanzas of 4 lines); 
  • Syllabic: The first line of each stanza has 8 syllables. The following 3 lines in each stanza have 4 syllables; 
  • Rhyming: aabb ccdd eeff; 
  • Poem illustrates an event in real time of 60 seconds;
  • A light hearted form of poetry that suits humorous verse. 

W3 poetry prompt

This ‘Minute Poem’ was written for Lesley Cobles’ W3 poetry prompt this week, in which she encourages us to try our hands at ‘Minute Poems’ and/or Shakespearean Sonnets.

Moonwashed weekly prompt


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

37 thoughts on “The White Beach Hut, or: Normans Bay”

  1. Have you published any anthologies of your poetry? I would really love to have a book of your work on our coffee table to share with visitors!

    1. ❤ 🙂 Hamish 🙂 ❤ ~ that’s very sweet, Sir. Thank you.

      I haven’t pursued publishing yet… All of my work is here at The Skeptic’s Kaddish. I have considered publishing because so many other poets go that route, but I’d rather focus on writing than publishing, and I don’t really see the advantage of having a physical book, despite it seeming a very popular thing among many poets.

      Maybe some day… It’s hard enough to balance, work, family, and poetry as it is!


      1. That is fair. It is a whole different kettle if fish, and not the only way to share. It does not matter where your poetry is, but how you write it and that you share it if and when you wish to. You create well with your words, almost a different world with each set of verse. 🙂
        Thank you for replying and for continuing to share your creations.

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