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Slip Slidin' Away [Mar. 7th, 2007|11:07 am]
Tony Grist
Building sandcastles is serious work. You need a garden spade if you wanna make an impression on that beach.

And plastic soldiers and a paper flag.

Here comes the tide. 

Gotta build higher, gotta build wider.  And whoops- oh no-  a breach. There's a man down. The moat is flooding, the outer walls have turned to slurry. And a slab breaks away from the central mass everytime a wave slaps at it.

Five minutes- tops- and your work of ages has gone.

One day I'm gonna build a castle sooo tall and soooo fat that the sea is just gonna shrug and go round it.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-03-07 12:01 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful analogy. It struck a chord with me in a big way.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-07 12:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

A love of sandcastles is something I've passed onto my kids. Michael, for instance- even though he's in his late twenties- builds one whenever he goes to the beach.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-03-07 12:32 pm (UTC)
I´m originally from Michigan, the land of the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan has the finest castle building sand on earth. They have contests every year and I´ve seen some incredible sandcastles and sand sculptures over the years. You´d love it. It´s an art!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-07 12:34 pm (UTC)
Oh wow- yes. I've seen those sand sculpture competitions on TV. The amazing things people come up with! I don't believe there's anywhere in Britain where the sand is good enough for that kind of fine, detailed work.
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From: manfalling
2007-03-08 01:08 pm (UTC)
26 counts me in as 'late twenties'?

hmm. i'd prefer 'mid-twenties' for the time-being, if you please. perhaps even, if you must, 'late mid-twenties'.

lawks-a-mussy, imagine what alexander had done by that age? keats of course was already dead!

and yes- it's true, still building sandcastles at the beach. really there's nothing else to do at a beach, is there?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-08 05:21 pm (UTC)
Some people go to the beach to soak up the rays- whatever that is....
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