Singing Sands

Squak! Bark!  Bark!

With each step, the pale dry sand yelps and squeaks, emitting strange sounds as we shuffle our bare feet along the isolated Oregon beach.

Honk! Squeak!

We laugh out loud, my new husband and I, delighted by the wondrous concert created by the interplay of our dancing toes and a trillion tiny bits of glittering quartz.

Singing Sand, it’s called. Only a few beaches in the world have it, these sands that tell tales. Scientists think that some combination of moisture, minerals, and air gifts the sands with song.

My poet-mind wonders if the songs are instead the barks of fairy-seals, the ancient voices of selkie wanderers trapped within the dunes. We play the sands like an instrument, releasing the songs to ride free on the salt winds.

On we walk, hand in hand, sea spray stinging our eyes, low grey clouds shielding the sun.

Bark! Yalp!

Our footsteps call. The sea lions basking in the offshore waters call back, their songs carried on the ocean breeze. Perhaps a few notes will nestle in the dunes,  until other barefooted dancing children pass this way again to free the songs from the sand once more.

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10 Responses to Singing Sands

  1. PearlsGirl says:

    Oh, I want to go. This is so neat! Singing Sand!!!

    • yes1and says:

      Hi PearlsGirl. Thanks for the comment — if you ever go to Oregon, look up Cannon Beach and Florence, which is where you may find some singing sand for yourself.

  2. What lovely imagery. And I so want to go to that beach!

    Also – I was in the LTYM cast in LA. Congrats to you!!

  3. Tracie says:

    This is so great!

    I grew up in a beach town. Our sand, although pure white like sugar and absolutely beautiful, did not sing. Now I want singing sand!

  4. I didn’t know there was such a thing as Singing Sand! I would so love to experience it!

  5. M.J. Putnik says:

    Have you ever been to Glass Beach in California? It’s a shore that is nothing but sea glass. It is truly amazing to see. I enjoyed your post. I gotta check out this singing sand…way too cool.

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