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  • Writer's pictureAnnie Thomas-Landrum

100 Pennies in the Sand

Yesterday, during two of the most precious hours of my week when I go to Women’s group, my psychiatrist had us do a meditation simply exploring a sand dollar. He had us experience it with different senses, and reflect on it in different lights. At one point, he asked us to think about what the first line of a poem about our sand dollar would say. That idea really captured my imagination, and I encircled the sand dollar in my palms as I thought about that. I noticed as I held it that way, that the sand dollar went from a kind of dull, lifeless cold, to a funny heat radiator, magnifying the heat generated by each hand. That’s when the first line of this poem came to me.


What ordinary thing do you see around you today? Do you have the space to contemplate it in its simplicity, even for a few moments? If you do, what do you notice? And if you don’t, what do you notice about what’s going on inside?


I haven’t finished this poem yet. There is a final stanza yet to go. How would you end it?


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A Hundred Pennies in the Sand


Heat magnified though shrouded in death


The cold grip of life escaped, yet re-animated in the palms of my still breathing being


Your perfect nothing and imperfect everything draws me into a world captured through childish, delighted eyes


Like me, in life, attachment was everything, and separation the signal of the end. Yet your death destiny makes me wonder


Sunny days and magical moments fill your twilight and the hour of your passing

Smiles and laughter, the draw of your last breath


Unseen in life, you emerged in decay as treasured, a tangible anchor to all that is precious, innocent, and idyllic


No strife after meaning and reason clouded your days, only being

Even still, your time expired to the sound of grand adventures yet to be told


What is it about these hundred pennies in the sand that makes us long to posses them? Gathering them to ourselves and marking them as beyond price?


Holding you to the sun I see the hints of the delicate intricacies of your relic, a puzzling display of beauty obscured in the Minuit.


Even the destruction of your internal underpinnings brings the subtle sound of joy

What wonder do I behold, now that I have grasped you?



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