Tide Pools Carpinteria California Shells Sea Gifts Boutique

Tide Pools

619 Linden Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
 
 
Each time I walk by Tide Pools, I want to stop where I am going, turn around, and see what new gifts they have for my friends. When you are traveling from Las Vegas into Carpinteria, boutique gift shops like Tide Pools literally define Carpinteria’s beach side community on the Pacific. The shells, glass, art, jewelry, all sea, all ocean, reminds me of the Pablo Neruda poem, “Ode to the Sea” which has lines that combine my memories of Tide Pools with Carpinteria while writing from the Nevada dry town of Las Vegas with no sea. Pablo’s poem sings, “My name is sea. It slaps the rocks. And when they aren’t convinced, Strokes them. And soaks them. And smothers them with kisses. ” Carpinteria’s beach is gorgeous, but if you want to carry that majestic idea when you return home, shop for a treasure at Tide Pools on Linden, find a piece of the beach to bring back home from you in their boutique, and remember to return to the beach with the best shells, coffee houses and restaurants serving up Sunday brunch. Tide Pools should be open by the time you finish your eggs benedict at Sly’s Restaurant or Esau’s Cafe.
 
Pablo Neruda’s poem reminds me of a combination of Tide Pools with Carpinteria.
 
Ode to the Sea
written by Pablo Neruda
 
Here
Surrounding the island
There’s sea.
But what sea?
It’s always overflowing.
Says yes,
Then no,
Then no again,
And no,
Says yes
In blue
In sea spray
Raging,
Says no
And no again.
It can’t be still.
It stammers
My name is sea.
 
It slaps the rocks
And when they aren’t convinced,
Strokes them
And soaks them
And smothers them with kisses.
With seven green tongues
Of seven green dogs
Or seven green tigers
Or seven green seas,
Beating its chest,
Stammering its name,
 
Oh Sea,
This is your name.
Oh comrade ocean,
Don’t waste time
Or water
Getting so upset
Help us instead.
We are meager fishermen,
Men from the shore
Who are hungry and cold
And you’re our foe.
Don’t beat so hard,
Don’t shout so loud,
Open your green coffers,
Place gifts of silver in our hands.
Give us this day
our daily fish.
 
Ode to the Sea read by Ralph Fiennes : Poem written by Pablo Neruda
youtube.com/watch?v=qae90VjrYlk
 
YouTube Video to Ode to the Sea
youtube.com/watch?v=biHbMIvELe0
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