Lap Upon Your Shore

Lap Upon Your Shore


Everyone has wanted a piece of you

till there would be no pieces left, I thought.

I have watched you proceed and recede

As age washes up on your coast.


After all these years, and years yet to go

At one time swimming, then treading water

Now being carried by currents

finding ourselves; finding ourselves near.


The tide laps upon your shore

Sometimes washing up debris,

Sometimes washing away sand,

Continually changing; always transfiguring.


And I have lapped at your shore

with the daily tides of presence;

And who can know the imperceptible ways

We have transformed each other?


Slowly have we eroded our rocky outcrops

Leisurely have we smoothed the rough surfaces

Languorously have we drifted 

Within the stream of our time.


Let it all wash away then dear friend;

Let is all go as it came;

Let the beach be indifferent to ebb and flow

As the tide laps upon your shore.


On the occasion of our 38th Wedding Anniversary
Image of Mercy on a rocky shore near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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6 Responses to Lap Upon Your Shore

  1. Kathy Sparo (prev. Sperling) says:

    Rusty, this is so beautiful, gorgeous poetry, but also a testament to two hearts open to learning, growing and changing – yours and hers:) Happy Anniversary and God bless – K

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    • Thanks and good to hear from you. As we’ve confessed, it’s a lot of grace and work – and as you note – it is the mutual growing and changing (eroding, transfiguring). Grace to you this day and in your interactions with people.


  2. Walter Foerger says:

    Love the poetry Rusty, there may be salt water in your veins as well. Our NS shores are a changing and for many years before retirement, my life was timed to the raise and the fall of the tides.

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    • Thanks Bro. The image of Mercy at those basalt like rocks (?) near Peggy’s Cove was a wonderful day in the full force of wind and wave. The older we get the more I realized how blessed my life has been because of and despite the difficulties. Enjoy,


  3. pdwebb says:

    Hi Rusty, Congratulations on this great day. You are both a great testimony to trusting God to bring out the beauty of faithfulness. May we continue to run the race with joy. Loved the Poem Phil

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