Monday, April 03, 2006

The bay

the sun stains the sky
a dark pink, scatters
shadows of waves
in winking black crescents
across the broad blue bay

fine black lines of
lacy trees
sea from sky

a small island, its green barely discernible
in fading light, bears white birds,
resting like flowers in the trees

as our boat passes
one rises, opening its petals to
the final red of the sun

in that moment, when
the last hot brilliance slips
behind the curve of the earth,
the light shifts

a gentle clarity
suffuses all —
water, boat, birds —
with certainty


Blogger whiskey said...

It's good to have you back.

4/03/2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

Welcome back. You went away and saw something so beautiful and came back with a present for us!

4/03/2006 10:45 AM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

the last hot brilliance slips
behind the curve of the earth

what a beautiful welcome back with
such a stunning entry for your blog
thank you! thank you! snowsparkle

4/03/2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

I can see it and I can hear it! Lovely!
Welcome back

4/03/2006 11:58 AM  
Blogger garnet david said...

I think you've invented a new style of poetry: romantic zen.

smiles from Spring twinkling eyes,


4/03/2006 1:15 PM  
Blogger Poetry by Kai said...

i like ur poem...
beautiful imagery...
great details

happy poetry month

4/03/2006 2:26 PM  
Blogger Lhombre said...

Oh! What a great closing line!

"with certainty"

Yes, even at that length and structure I can see why garnet david would call it "zen."

4/03/2006 2:40 PM  
Blogger Sky said...

Welcome back! If this poetry speaks at all as to how you spent last week, it was a week of delightful beauty.

"...its green barely discernible in fading light, bears white birds, resting like flowers in the trees..." so peaceful and pure.

4/03/2006 2:56 PM  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Nice holiday. I'm envious. :)

4/03/2006 3:54 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

with certainty...that tomorrow is another day to fail and succeed. In those rare moments when we get it right, we know why each day comes.

Your last lines were a wise ending to a wise beginning.

4/03/2006 5:39 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Oh, whiskey, thank you! It's good to be welcomed back by you.

RD, there was much that was beautiful, and a gift to me. Thanks for your welcome.

Snowsparkle, thank you for your warm welcome. I'm pleased you enjoyed the poem!

Endment, I'm very glad you felt you could see and hear it. That sense of sharing, of connection, is one of the reasons I keep this blog going. Thanks!

4/04/2006 8:39 AM  
Blogger Firehawk said...


Read this one yesterday and really enjoyed it. It was just so chaotic at work that I couldn't break away long enough to comment. Glad you're back.

There is a certainty about dusk, isn't there?

4/04/2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

It's completely wonderful to have you back, and with a beautiful, heart-warming, inspiring poem! Felt like I was travelling with you~ many thanks. xo

4/04/2006 12:13 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Garnet David, somehow the phrase "romantic zen" seems like it ought to be oxymoronic... yet I think you have pegged something about this poem, and some of the others, quite accurately!

Kai, thanks for stopping by, and for reminding me that it is poetry month... a good month, for many reasons, I think!

Lhombre, however you do it, you seem to have a knack for zeroing in frequently on what are for me the most important aspects of my poems! Thanks!

Sky, there is nothing like being out on the water at sunset... it floats my boat, as they say! Thanks for the welcome.

Gilbert, yes indeed, it was a good holiday! Thanks for stopping by.

Mermaid, thanks for your insights. You are a thoughtful water creature!

Firehawk, well then, I must thank you for stopping by twice! I can appreciate, especially this week, the demands of a busy work schedule. You'll note I'm slow in responding to these messages, for example! ;-) Thanks for taking the time to come back.

Brenda, I wouldn't be surprised if in some manner you weren't travelling with me after all... who knows! Thanks for your kind words of welcome.

4/04/2006 12:53 PM  
Blogger gracie said...

lovely... challenging to my own struggle to evoke the 'certainty' that poetic words can paint with few strokes

4/04/2006 8:27 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Gracie, welcome! Thanks for your kind words. I'll come take a look!

4/05/2006 9:38 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Oh how I want to be there, mesmerising

4/07/2006 1:15 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Oh, Sue, it was, it was! Transporting...

4/12/2006 2:16 PM  
Blogger Thunderowl said...

Just wonderfull! Another hit! I can hear the gentle waves rolling across the shore...

4/17/2006 3:20 PM  

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