The Pigpen On The Water

I once worked for a very large corporation in the Tidewater area of Virginia, and one Supervisor out of the seven I worked under as an Executive Secretary had a beach cottage he rented out throughout the warmer months. The fee for a weekend was very expensive and more than we could afford at the time, but since I worked directly under him, he allowed us to stay free for the weekend. I was elated because I had not been to the beach for some time. He told me he and his wife called their cottage "The Pigpen on the Water" which I found to be exactly the opposite. It was absolutely beautiful and very well decorated throughout with beautiful beach and ship pictures enhancing the walls and shells and most types of beach paraphernalia evidently picked up by them and placed appropriately in each room. Each bedroom was quaint and comfortable and the kitchen equipped with everything one would need, as well as a huge living room area and large deck. Adorable to say the least. We even took our dog and let him stay on the deck and romp this private part of the beach. We had a wonderful time and upon our return, I was so grateful for the experience, I wrote a poem to let him know which he framed and put on his office wall with a copy saved that I will share with you.


There's a pigpen on the water
Decked in shells and ocean splendor
Not your average fetid squalor
A piece of heaven to remember

Tranquil moments with the sunrise
Restless seagulls taking flight
Resonant waves, like drums in music
Changing beats throughout the night

Cheerful is this beach house
That bears the Enix name
Colors bright with views to treasure
Island elegance, pink champagne

I found warmth within this cottage
Rejuvenation by the sea
In this pigpen on the water
I found peace and harmony

ru4real2 ru4real2
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7 Responses Jul 15, 2012


I will certainly take a look at all of your posts. They can't be anything but excellent. Take car and God bless.

Hey<br />
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See my last 4 posts to the talented i& maybe local gomental<br />
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I'm sure he could be published, yes?<br />
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Where in England & Wales were your folks? I'll do virtual tours<br />
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Google, virtual tours Lake District .. Peak District .. Snowdonia<br />
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All in my neck of the woods<br />
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Link your local beauty spots?

Mr. ShyButCreativeSexyGuy, you should be writing books if you already haven't. You write beautifully and one can picture you taking that walk and how absolutely peaceful and gorgeous it must have been. If you are in Wales or England, my mother, grandmother and Grandfather are from both. My maternal Grandfather was raised in Wales and my Grandmothher and Mother in England. Although I was brought up in the states, all four of us girls were taught and disciplined much more with an English flair than American which I will never regret although I do love my country. Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful response.

Having lived in 3 seaside resorts on the trot, I find that SO evocative of precious seaside memories<br />
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I now live in Sunny Bootle By The Mer-sey<br />
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Locals will laugh at that thought<br />
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Southerners will go into paroxysms of hysterics<br />
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But I had the most wonderful walk, from @ 2.45 to @ 6.45 going thru the International Festival Gardens - @ 5 mins walk from St Michael's Station - inc Chinese & Japanese Garden areas - down to Otterspool Promenade & along to Pier Head & one of Albert Dock's touristy restaurants for tea<br />
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Yummy<br />
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So was the sunny riverside walk<br />
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R Mersey is @ 2 miles wide & from certain parts, on good days like today, you can see beyond Wonderful Wacky Wirral to Moel Fammau & other Welsh hills<br />
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Standby for jokes about Offa's Dyke ...

Thanks so much. I wrote it so long ago I had to find it. I live a place surrounded by mountains now and have for several years and I love how they change daily depending on weather, time of year or sunrises and sunsets. I don't get to the beach often and don't like the swimming in the ocean as much as walking it with someone you care about or collecting shells or just being there at sunrise to watch the sun come up and listen to the seagulls and the waves rolling in. Thanks for your comment. Toni

Sounds really...really nice. Ready to go jump in a pigpen! Thanks for sharing your well written poem.

Thanks so much for that. I was hesitant to write it because it is my first story on EP, but it felt good afterwards and am working on my second. I could use a bit of pigpen in my life right this moment to clear my head during a very hard time. Thanks again and so much appreciated.