Pretty Halcyon Days

How pleasant to sit on the beach,
On the beach, on the sand, in the sun,
With ocean galore within reach,
And nothing at all to be done!
No letters to answer,
No bills to be burned,
No work to be shirked,
No cash to be earned.
It is pleasant to sit on the beach
With nothing at all to be done.

How pleasant to look at the ocean,
Democratic and damp; indiscriminate;
It fills me with noble emotion
To think I am able to swim in it.
To lave in the wave,
Majestic and chilly,
Tomorrow I crave;
But today it is silly.
It is pleasant to look at the ocean;
Tomorrow, perhaps, I shall swim in it.

How pleasant to gaze at the sailors,
As their sailboats they manfully sail
With the vigor of vikings and whalers
In the days of the viking and whale.
They sport on the brink
Of the shad and the shark;
If it’s windy they sink;
If it isn’t, they park.
It is pleasant to gaze at the sailors,
To gaze without having to sail.

How pleasant the salt anaesthetic
Of the air and the sand and the sun;
Leave the earth to the strong and athletic,
And the sea to adventure upon.
But the sun and the sand
No contractor can copy;
We lie in the land
Of the lotus and poppy;
We vegetate, calm and aesthetic,
On the beach, on the sand, in the sun.

Ogden Nash

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5 Comments on “Pretty Halcyon Days”

  1. “How pleasant the salt anesthetic”. Love, love, love this line. I live in California and adore the Pacific Ocean,so I totally get it.

    • CultFit says:

      Sometime last year I decided to start sharing a little bit more about me and what brings me joy on a daily basis. Literature, and poetry in particular speaks to my very soul. More times than naught – I lament, nauseously, about slowing down and savoring life. All of the amazing “things” around us … Anyways, May your heart be filled with warmth and a dash of salt anesthetic this weekend. :)

  2. sh says:

    I adore this poem. Thanks for sharing. It instantly transported me back to staring out to sea in Sri Lanka with not a care in the world… Bliss.

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    Love this poem and blogger who posted it!