Alone I walked on the ocean strand, A pearly shell was in my hand
I stooped, and wrote upon the sand My name, the year, the day.
As onward from the sport I passed, One lingering look behind I cast,
A wave came rolling high and fast, And washed my lines away.
-- Hannah Flagg Gould, A Name in the Sand
Photo taken from near the viewpoint at Ecola State Park on the Oregon coast.