A message in a bottle
Had been tossed into the sea
The waves had carried it many miles
There it was… beside my feet.

As I looked the bottle over
I could see the note inside
The contents sealed and intact
Brought ashore by the evening tide.

Like a genie in a bottle
I was fearful to unleash
The contents of the bottle
Found on this sandy beach.

Did I dare uncork the bottle
Read the note not meant for me
But come upon by mere chance
And found haphazardly?

Was it possibly a plea for help
Or a love letter in the sand
Written by someone desperate
Perhaps a sad and lonely man.

I popped the cork, no second thoughts
I reached for the note inside
Once removed and carefully read
I sat down, I wept, I cried.

In time I pulled myself together
I placed the message back inside
Sealed the bottle with the cork
Then waited for the tide.

The bottle now safely on its way
To many distance shores
Hoping it will find the one
It was intended for.


Author: Patty Richardson

Writer: Film scripts, poetry, short stories.

6 thoughts on “A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE”

  1. Lovely poem, thanks for sharing!… perhaps it wasn’t chance at all, perhaps it did find who it were intended for… πŸ™‚

    β€œThe life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. β€œ
    Friedrich Buechner

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