Posted: January 16, 2017 in nature poems

Today at we are writing a Quadrille. The challenge is to write a poem of exactly 44 words and this time include the word whisper.

Pebbles are the chattering ground
between sea and land until
the tide retreats in whispered
sighs through coarse-grained sand

Stirred up by the moon’s engine room
the tide turns and there’s talk again
Waves speak at breaking point,
bringing stories from the horizon.



Last summer while recovering from pneumonia I spent time relaxing by the sea
and leaving pebble poems for people to find. Here’s a line I’ve reworked into tonight’s poem

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh, YES.
    Paul, I cannot help but imagine the DELIGHT of those who found those poems. I wish I could happen upon one. How wonderful. I LOVE this:
    “the tide retreats in whispered

  2. How wonderful you have been leaving pebble poems by the sea for people to find, such a lovely thought! Your last lines ‘Waves speak at breaking point, bringing stories from the horizon’ really stand out for me.

  3. I love the sense of writing poems to be found… what a delight to do… Great image and thought..

  4. This poem is so full of great imagery, but what I love the most where those hidden poems, left for others to discover and enjoy. Great idea.

  5. I love the idea of poems on a pebble. I’d love to find one! I love this poem, too, it really sounds like the sea does.

  6. A pebble poem is the best idea ever!

  7. kim881 says:

    Oh how I would love to find a pebble poem on a North Norfolk beach! I am, however, delighted to have found this poem at the Poets Pub, with its chattering pebbles, moon’s engine room, speaking waves and their stories.

  8. Grace says:

    I reminded me of leaving street poems by street poles. I like the idea of leaving poems on the stones as if they can chatter and tell stories ~ Love your share and thanks for joining us ~

  9. sanaarizvi says:

    I just love the idea of “Waves speak at breaking point, bringing stories from the horizon.” Beautiful!

  10. wolfsrosebud says:

    I like how you gave the sea a gentle voice.

  11. thotpurge says:

    chattering ground… that’s a great description!!

  12. Iris says:


    “the tide retreats in whispered

    “Stirred up by the moon’s engine room”

  13. kanzensakura says:

    Pebble poems…I love the idea. This reminded me of when I would leave classic haiku on napkins in restaurants. Such a gentle voice your ocean has.

  14. I really like this piece and take on the prompt. Such dreamy words.

  15. rosemawrites says:

    lovely idea and imagery. ❤

  16. Truedessa says:

    This was such a lovely poem and that is really cool leaving poems behind on rocks. Who knows your words may have inspired someone in the journey?

  17. maria says:

    Beautiful! And you gave me the idea. I shall try to leave pebble poems one of these days too. 🙂

  18. C.C. says:

    I love this idea of the moon having an engine room. So imaginative and delightful 🙂

  19. othermary says:

    Great poem, and great idea…leaving bits of verse for people to find. I know I would be tickled to come across one.

  20. Every thing
    IS A
    oF liVe

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