Words and voice

for Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt.

I wrote, recorded and posted this piece twelve years ago.  Nobody commented.  So I thought I’d try again!


Let me read it to you …




I sense silence. Yet all around I hear the sounds of nature.  The shingle crackles and grates under my feet, the rhythmic whoosh of the waves fills my ears and the shrieking of a hundred gulls gives a voice to the deserted shoreline.

Here I am alone.  Yet my companion, this hidden secret beach, is here to wrap me in splendid seclusion.  I am alone but I share my very being with the raw edge of nature.

Here I hear my own voice, though silent.  Here my thoughts surround me.  Here I am at one with myself yet enveloped by a greater force, one which allows me the freedom I crave whilst lifting me out of myself and cradling me in glorious isolation.

The beach is ever-changing.  Some days filled with wrath, others tranquil and calm.  Some days the sea is an enigmatic aqua, another as grey as granite.  I look toward the horizon and see my life uncharted.  What lies beyond?  Who can tell?

But here I can be myself.  Unquestioned, unchallenged.  Here I can think, consider, compose.




52 thoughts on “Words and voice

  1. Sally Jul 16, 2020 / 15:03

    This is lovely writing and your voice adds to the emotion of the piece which seems especially relevant in today’s current Covid situation – ‘Yet my companion, this hidden secret beach, is here to wrap me in splendid seclusion.’ It’s how I feel some days.

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  2. Iain Kelly Jul 16, 2020 / 15:47

    Thoughtful and contemplative Keith – a nice change of pace. And good to put a voice to the face and writing after all this time!

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  3. pensitivity101 Jul 16, 2020 / 17:30

    I loved this Keith. Having a beach five minutes walk away is usually a blessing, but not at the moment. However, we’ve had some solitary days and seen a few dawns which have been wonderful.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 16, 2020 / 17:46

      I wander down the road to the beach most days – in fact I’ve just got back! I love it whatever the weather. Thanks Di.

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      • pensitivity101 Jul 16, 2020 / 18:21

        Ours is great in the winter with no holidaymakers, but our end isn’t usually as busy anyway, but we are still keeping away at the moment.

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      • Keith's Ramblings Jul 17, 2020 / 10:50

        One end of my beach is secluded with no footpath to reach it, and that’s where I like to climb over the rocks and spend time, all on my own!


      • pensitivity101 Jul 17, 2020 / 15:03

        How lovely. Ours is accessible from several directions, but if we time it right, we have it all to ourselves!

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  4. HappySoul Jul 16, 2020 / 17:51

    It’s beautiful Keith ! Loved it ..back then , may be readers fell short of words to let you know how good it is

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  5. hilarymb Jul 17, 2020 / 08:42

    Wonderful Keith – your voice really suits the reading – loved hearing it … as too the words of the post – so coast like … then the dark of our mind as we ‘talk to ourselves’ … really great … excellent – thank you … Hilary

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 17, 2020 / 10:09

      Wow, what a lovely comment Hilary! I’m so pleased it came across that way.


  6. hilarymb Jul 17, 2020 / 10:11

    It is a wonderful reading and listening work (true expressions of the sea and shore) … very creative – loved it … take care – steamy today …

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  7. willowdot21 Jul 17, 2020 / 13:24

    I really got the feel for your place Keith, and as always it’s better to hear the creater’s voice 💜

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  8. kimbladeswritingblog Jul 17, 2020 / 13:46

    Really nice. Isolation enables a person to listen to their own thoughts while being inspired by the sounds of nature.

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  9. Raven Jul 18, 2020 / 10:26

    Commenting can be so difficult, especially when a piece hits deep into the emotions as this one does and processing those emotional responses into a comment is impossible. Doing that to a reader is awesome writing, nice one.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 18, 2020 / 11:07

      I can’t thank you enough for your generous words. The reaction I’ve received to this piece has totally taken me by surprise, especially as it’s in a style of writing I don’t usually employ!

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      • Raven Jul 18, 2020 / 13:21

        Respect, it takes guts to write out the box and go with it as a piece. Well done

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  10. quiall Jul 18, 2020 / 12:14

    I feel you putting into words what I have experienced, alone on a beach. Beautiful.

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