Pebbles on the Beach

 

We were saying, we ten,
Where sea and sand meet,
The world was made for men,
But women keep it sweet.

We were saying, we nine,
Down by the main,
The world may be divine,
But it is full of pain.

We were saying, we eight,
Down at the coast,
The people that we hate
Are the ones we love the most.

We were saying, we seven
Down on the shingle,
There always Hell in Heaven,
For the two mingle.

We were saying, we six,
Down by the sea,
This life is full of tricks,
And no sincerity.

We were saying, we five,
Down on the stones,
Life is a buy bee-hive
But many are the drones.

We were saying, we four,
Down at the tide,
Fate is a desolate shore,
But the soul-rock will abide.

We were saying, we three,
Down on the sand,
We know not our destiny,
God holds us in His hand.

We were saying, we two,
Down on the shore,
Heaven’s a palace of blue,
The pearly sunrise its floor.

I was saying, alone,
Down on the beach
We must go one by one
Where this world cannot reach.

And the sea murmured on.

1918-1921