1964 [ Change | Restlessness ]


We are moving again.


Point Reyes:
Dad’s in the law enforcement phase
of his National Park Service career.

It’s an unhappy time,
but we have Heidi now.
She’ll be our only family dog.
I’m oblivious.

I’ll be four; already
we’ve moved from Ohio
to Hawai‛i to California.

Next year we return
to Hawai‛i. We’re saving
even change for our move.

My restlessness, my longing for the sea begins.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo ~ 2013 | My Day 19
May 5, 2013

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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5 Responses to 1964 [ Change | Restlessness ]

  1. Hey, NaPoWriMo ~ 2013 is *over*!
    OK, OK. I know, I know.
    Well, I still have another eleven poems to write after this one to meet my goal of 30 poems.
    At this rate I may need all of May to finish!
    So, I guess I’ll continue, anyway…. Where’s the harm there?
    Cheers, Andy

  2. The seashore is spectacular at Pt. Reyes. But do you actually recall it since you were only 4-5yrs old? It seems likely that you recall much more about the dog, as any child would. But perhaps some part of Pt. Reyes stayed with you?

    • Andrew Shattuck McBride says:

      Hi Jilanne, thank you for your thoughtful comments and questions here.
      No, I don’t recall the ocean from Point Reyes. (I was 3-4 while we were there.)
      This poem, and especially the last stanza, is from my perspective as an adult.
      I am restless and do long for the sea. We traveled by boat to Hawaii / back / return to Hawaii. Interesting connection, I think.
      Thanks again. Cheers, Andy

  3. So spare and tense. I love “We’re saving / even change for our move.”

    • Andrew Shattuck McBride says:

      Thank you Jennifer!
      As always, I’m grateful for your kindness and thoughtful feedback.
      Sincerely, and cheers, Andy

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