Imperial Beach pier

The Pier

Inspiration

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Poetry always gives me a certain feeling, a certain kind of inspiration.

I love it, then, when I find poetry in unexpected places.

Recently I found poetry on a pier….

….about a pier….

….on and about this pier:

Imperial Beach

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Following is the poetry, but you don’t have to try to read the picture. I have transcribed the poem below the picture.

The Pier, by J. J. Blakely

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The Pier

Weathered and worn, dark pillars reach for the rolling sea
Ninety-six years have passed since she came to be
Fisherman’s lines, generations’ casts, pleasantly intertwine
Blue waters, white mist, etched warmly upon our minds

Summer’s breeze flows sweetly past to the shore
White gulls sail free, swooping, diving ever more
Frolicking black seals dip and rise with each Pacific wave
Majestic blue dolphins swiftly glide, leap and splash as they play

With every turn magnificent sights greet our eyes
North to west, and south to east is where they lie
Cabrillo’s house lights for the wayward soul
Loma’s point flashes for those it tolls

Carrier of gray, wings upon her deck, fades to earth’s horizon
Sails of white, blue and red bulge under the day’s sun
Deadman’s Isle, draped in eerie fog, resting his head to the west
Serpent Islands close in, snap at his feet with zest

White capped surf washes upon Playa de Tijuana sands
Bull ring rises by the sea, cheers gone from her stands
Huts of tin and board, poor and destitute masked from afar
Cries for help, for merciful change, fall silently hard

Ocean’s breeze rises upon mountains of sage brush and vine
Otay’s rocky peaks silhouette the eastern sky
Mount Miguel stoically stands watch over the sea
Hills run to the shore, brown hawks graciously soar free

Aroma of lemon trees past linger throughout the land
Cities Chula Vista, National and San Diego spread where they did stand
Blue of bay’s bridge lazily arches, touches Coronado’s coast
Crowns of red brightly sit atop the Del’s royal towers and boast

Strands of silver sand flow, gently caressing my soul
Sea’s waters rushing beneath planks of time, come and go
God’s mighty storms pound and push over the years
Standing strong, unshakable, haven for peace, the pier

J. K. Blakely, November 6, 2005

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The poem describes the many sights and sounds to be experienced from the Imperial Beach pier. Here are a few of the sights, although not necessarily taken from the pier:

Cabrillo’s house IMG_6335

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Carrier of grayUSS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) from the sky

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Playa de TijuanaPlaya de Tijuana

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Blue of bay’s bridge lazily archesSan Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge

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Crowns of red brightly sit atop the Del’s royal towersHotel del Coronado

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The pierImperial Beach pier

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8 thoughts on “The Pier

  1. Carly'z Corner

    I love how poetry is therapeutic for both souls. The poet, who so graciously expresses what is on his/her heart, and the reader, who is captivated by the words and thoughts of the poet. It has a healing effect, yes.
    Thanks for sharing that poem and the pictures too!

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