Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Southern Living

Fresh mowed lawn morn-
ings
Greet me
While clouds that slept there
Wet shoes and paws
Egrets mingle in weeds
Playing peek-a-boo with minnows
And white wavy pond reflect-
ions
Sunset sweetened cloudbanks
Embrace a yellow gumball sun
Melting into ebony copper-coated seas
Lily scented evenings
Show Orion pointing the way
While Betelgeuse blinks red
Pondering destruction
I sleep under a sheet of love
Encircled in the heaviness of
Familiar loving arms
With a toasty bundle of fur
Snuggled against my knee

This is offered for the Prompt by Peggy to write about where we live at poetryjaam.blogspot.com  I live in South Florida, where orchids bloom in the winter...it is wonderful to be able to share with people everywhere.  :-)

36 comments:

  1. My favorite image is the egrets playing peekaboo with minnows. Makes me smile. And, of course, I empathize with the toasty bundle of fur snuggled against your knee. (Sounds familiar to me. Smiles.) Sara, sounds like a beautiful place.

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    1. Hi Mary! I love all the shore birds here--herons, egrets, ibis... Thought you'd enjoy that toasty bundle line, little doggies are the best :-)

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  2. This .. is as lush and lovely as south Florida.

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    1. Hi Helen! Thank you :-) I had a lot of fun playing with the images. Left out the mosquitoes and noseeums...

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    2. Some things better left unsaid! I spent eight years in Florida ..

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    3. Helen, you really made me laugh! :-)

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  3. And no mention of rain or snow. It sounds like a heavenly place to wake up to.

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    1. Hi Wendy! So nice to meet you, welcome :-)
      This is just a slice of my favorite things, it rains a lot in the summer, and it's very hot and humid then too. But right now, it's pretty nice ;-)

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  4. This is a lovely slice of where you live. It sounds so tropical and lush there. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Hi Peggy! It was a great prompt. I'm enjoying reading everyone's
      poetry:-)

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  5. ...sigh...that is just about perfect. I love "yellow gumball sun"!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much:-) I'm looking forward to reading your poem--I love it when the sun is so perfect and round

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  6. Love these...
    "Melting into ebony copper-coated seas
    Lily scented evenings"

    Beautiful writing, Sara!

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    1. Hi Hannah! Thank you very much :-) Wonderful to see you!

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  7. Loved "sunset sweetened cloudbanks". I love sunsets. Winter up here is not the time to get a good sunset, so I envy your sky views!

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    1. Hi Donna! Welcome :-) Thank you for noticing that, I was trying to come up with something new--I started with "spattered" didn't quite do it...:-)

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  8. fun...love the bit on the egrets...i used to live in florida...a little north...more around tampa but i used to travel all down through naples and ft laud/miami...across the alley....def miss the cubans as well...smiles.

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    1. Hi Brian! I love the egrets, too. In CA it was such a rare thrill to see one, and here they're everywhere! You can come visit me and my Cuban family--after 25 years of marriage I'm honorary Cuban...

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  9. oh i love the yellow gumball sun... sounds like a wonderful place to live..i wouldn't mind to have the ocean a bit closer and warmer temperatures than what we have right now... florida is def. on my list of places to visit as well

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    1. Hi Claudia! Thank you--it is most of the time. When you come visit, let me know and I'll take you to the best ocean places :-)

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  10. Lovely lily scents.... loving arms , star constellations and a cat ...you have everything you need.

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    1. Hi Rallentanda! I loved your descriptions too. It's actually a little fluffy white dog, but I used to have a Siamese that did that too.
      :-)

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  11. A gum ball sun - love this touch of fun in your poem! To sleep under a sheet of love - how can you not get a good nights sleep there?! I had to smile at the "toasty bundle of fur
    Snuggled against my knee" - almost every morning around 4 am, one of my dogs walks across the bed, and plops herself down against my leg!
    Your poem has left me with a smile to start my day! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Robyn! That was fun to write that, thank you for all your compliments :-) Dogs are hilarious. Mine usually stays put, but her new thing is when we wake up she walks across my stomach to see my hubby--oof! You always make me smile too. :-)

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  12. I loved the evocation of your mornings, with the birds, and your serene evenings. A very atmospheric poem!

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    1. Hi Gabriella! Thank you very much, I was trying to get as much visual/sensation into this poem as I could. Happy that you felt that :-)

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  13. What a cozy and loving spot you inhabit ...home sweet home.

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    1. Hi Susan! Thank you. I really loved your poem :-)

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  14. I love this wonderful picture where the sun is shinning and creation sings. Beautiful words and an amazing place to live.

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    1. Hi Alan! It has its downsides, like hurricanes and mosquitoes, but I do love it, thank you for your kind words :-)

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  15. Such a delightful poem, Sara. I especially like:

    Egrets mingle in weeds
    Playing peek-a-boo with minnows
    And white wavy pond reflections
    Sunset sweetened cloudbanks
    Embrace a yellow gumball sun

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    1. Hi Laurie! Thank you, that means a lot to me. I think those were probably the strongest lines in this poem. :-)

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  16. An interesting piece that I enjoyed reading.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  17. What an idyllic place you paint with your words. I enjoyed the lazy contentment of your poem.

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Your words are wonderful! Thanks for popping in--I'll be over in a snap!