bramfield drive redesign
by christina britt lewis
photography by angela statzer
design by kelly lies
redesigns for lovers of the sea will always be my favorite...
the sea is my happy place.
my sisters and i grew up spending summer saturdays at wallis sands beach in rye, nh.
tim proposed on a bench on the marginal way in ogunquit, me.
my twenties were spent nannying on devereux beach in marblehead, ma.
we scrimp and save on everything else so we can take our boys diving all over the world.
cole plans to sail the sea for a living after he graduates.
maybe that's because i read him to sleep with this poem so often i have it memorized...
maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)
and maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly
she couldn’t remember her troubles, and
milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;
and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and
may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.
for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea
i love this interpretation of that poem...
every child, and indeed every person, finds in “the sea” something of themselves.
in other words,
people receive from the world what they bring to it
if people are friendly, they find friendship.
if they are fearful, they find monsters.
if they are perceptive, they recognize the transcendent beauty and importance of a single stone.
all perceived experience, the poem asserts, is colored by individual predispositions.
“seek and ye shall find”
as well, however, one might argue that the poem also asserts...
“find and ye shall become”
the poem suggests that experience changes who a person is
and that by virtue of having new experiences one becomes a new and different person.
people are constantly evolving
and with every new experience they cease to be who they were
and become who they are.
christina for all
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