Friday, February 2, 2018

A New Year’s Visit to the Oregon Coast--By Jake Cosmos Aller--United States

A New Year’s Visit to the Oregon Coast

On the last day of 2017
We drove to Bookings on the Oregon Coast
A pleasant drive through the mystic fog-shrouded Redwoods
Gathered gloom of the dark woods foretold my dismal mood

Slept soundly to the sound of the ocean
The super moonlight filled the
beach outside our window
with an eerie light all night long

As we slept people walked the beach
Enjoying the full moon
And the unusually warm weather
Setting off fireworks at midnight

In the morning I went for a nice walk along the beach
thought about the year that was
As the waves pounded the shore

The peaceful ocean waves
Reminded me the end of my life
is coming closer to my door

(first published by former People)

Jake Cosmos Aller grew up in Berkeley, California during the 70's, served in the Peace Corps in Korea then taught ESL, Government, and Asian studies before and after doing graduate work in Seattle.  He JOINED THE U.S. FOREIGN SERVICE, serving 27 years in ten countries.  He's a full-time writer since his retirement - many poems and stories are published.


  1. lovely & with a very thoughtful last line

  2. Dear Jake,

    This is the kind of poem I like very much, while reading I was IN the poem. Very well written.

    Best wishes,

  3. Enjoyed your piece, thanks for sharing!

  4. Nicely done, Jack. I certainly enjoyed the poetic ride with you. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!