Ekphrasis at the Beach

Art and poetry from a week at the beach in Nags Head, North Carolina. Watercolors by Laura Ryan. Poetry by Michael Ratcliffe.

three guys readingThree men in beach chairs,
silent, absorbed in reading.
Tide comes in, goes out.

dylan reading
Reading as she paints,
each aware of the other,
together in their passions.

Lounging at poolside,
she’s in her favorite place.
Languid days float by.

sea oats
A week at the beach–
leave behind the day-to-day.
Sea oats and sand dunes.

moscow mule
We drink Moscow Mules
after a day in the sun.
Who’s red now?

end of the road
An odd destination,
the end of the road.
How do we go from here?

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