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Dawn on the Beach
Rhona Aitken


Rushing water scurries by—
imitating the breezy sky.
Slapping waves across the shingle
ensuring sand will intermingle
 with errant pebbles, tumbling shells
hiding deep in the rock-pool shelves.
What a start to a summer’s day—
wicked breezes out to play!

© by Rhona Aitken.
Used with the author’s permission.


 Rhona Aitken (1925 - 2018) lived all over the world during the course of her life. The author of The Memsahib's Cookbook, which she wrote while living in India and for which she also provided all of the illustrations, Rhona and her husband, Gordon, owned and operated a hotel in the U.K. for many years. After that venture, they bought an old-world house and turned it into a thriving restaurant. Rhona had three children and seven grandchildren, all of whom inherited her love for travel. For the last few years, she lived in a nursing home in Exmouth, England, where she wrote poetry, painted, shared Your Daily Poem every morning with her fellow residents, and continued to travel—on her 3-wheeler—as long as she was able.


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Thank you, Jayne, for sharing Rhona's work with the world. And especially, thanks for your eulogy of her here. YDP does make a difference! Grace
Posted 06/21/2019 08:04 PM
Lori Levy:
Very sorry to hear Rhona passed away. I always enjoyed her poems and her comments on others' poems.
Posted 06/21/2019 04:57 PM
Every time you have published one of Ms. Aitken's poems, I have enjoyed the poem immensely, and I have been inspired by her biography to live a life of greater adventure and less anxiety over the trivial.
Posted 06/21/2019 04:40 PM
So sorry to hear this. I'd pair this poem with "Dorothy," the first Rhona Aitken poem you published:
Posted 06/21/2019 02:42 PM
michael escoubas:
Playful and well-crafted, too. Great way to step into summer!
Posted 06/21/2019 01:04 PM
May we all travel our journeys like Rhona--with adventure, strength, and love of words.
Posted 06/21/2019 06:54 AM

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