Building on the Sand

Growing up in a Pastor’s family, I heard many Bible stories that told of the follies of men who put their trust in things that won’t sustain them. Proverbs talks of the fool and his folly. Jesus told parables of trusting in riches only to lose it all. He also told of the wise man who built his house on the rock while the foolish man built on the sand. Every time I go the the beach I am reminded of that story. Houses sit behind dunes, some up on stilts, and some right on the surf as this one does. It is just a matter of time before a hurricane comes and washes it all away.

Beach house on the edge

Fall hurricanes come roaring

Foolish man’s folly

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Lisa asked us to write a poem of folly. This has so many ways it could be interpreted. I went back to my roots and my childhood stories in Sunday School for this one. Do you remember the song? How about the motions!? What fun memories!!

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56 thoughts on “Building on the Sand

  1. This is exactly what I would think every year during hurricane season when I lived in Virginia! People in Sandbridge and the Outer Banks built houses on sand. Then they couldn’t understand why their house went ker-plunk in the ocean when a hurricane hit.

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  2. “Beach house on the edge

    Fall hurricanes come roaring

    Foolish manโ€™s folly”

    Very well said and written, Dwight. I think this is more than a folly (for I think it might be too light of a term for this situation you describe), it is blatant stupidity to have a house built so close to the edge. What is the saying? “One man’s folly is another man’s idiocy?”

    As said, this is so true on how it is a folly. So foolish, indeed. Excellent piece.

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  3. There’s something terribly presumptuous building a house on a beach, squatting the seafront and straddling the beach. Like Canute. Who owns the beaches to be able to sell them for building? Doesn’t the littoral belong to everyone therefore no one?

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  4. ‘The foolish man built his house upon the sand!’ There’s a terrace of houses above Beachy Head on the South Coast of England just waiting to plummet, your words reminded me of this. Nice work!

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  5. Yes do I Iโ€™ve been to the Outer Banks and observed some truly gutsy architecture. I guess those people just have all the faith that their Beachhouse is impervious. But I agree, seems like foolishness to me. This is well written I enjoyed it, as always Dwight.

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