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Cottage by the Sea
Christine Swanberg

Some say the streets of heaven are lined with gold.
Give me a cottage by the sea.
Some love the lurid jingle-jangle of casinos.
Just give me a cottage by the sea.
They can have their gated communities and condo police.
I’ll take a cottage by the sea
with bright colored walls and painted wicker,
treasure troves of recycled furniture,
vintage fabric and funky lampshades.
They can have their granite counters,
cookie cutter renovations a la hardware chic.
I prefer a cottage by the sea.
They can have their square footage and sprinklers.
Let me rest in my cottage by the sea.

From The Alleluia Tree (The Puddin’head Press, 2012).
Used here with the author’s permission.





Christine Swanberg is the author of five books of poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and the 2008 Poet's Market features an in-depth interview with Christine. Retired after 35 years of teaching high school, college and graduate school, she now enjoys writing essays, teaching residencies, being active in her community, gardening, singing, and swimming. When she's not traveling the world with her husband of 40 years, Christine lives in Rockford, Illinois.


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Yes... Judy
Posted 07/09/2013 12:18 PM
Amen, although I would also take a cottage by a lake!
Posted 07/05/2013 10:30 AM
This brings back memories. Too bad, it's hard to find a cottage by the sea anymore. Most have been replaced by high-rises.
Posted 07/05/2013 10:27 AM
I'm with you, Christine!
Posted 07/05/2013 10:01 AM
I'd take a cottage by the sea any day!!! I have it mentally designed.
Posted 07/05/2013 09:44 AM

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