Fanore

Fanore, County Clare, Ireland

Another poem written to a prompt provided in How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination. On the technique of imagery, the prompt guided me to imagine a vivid physical setting from somewhere that I’ve traveled, focus on specific imagery from the scene, and transport the reader to that place.

Fanore
 
The long grass slumbers,
a field of feathery green;
succumbed long ago
to the wild winds off
the Atlantic sea.
 
A jumble of old fence,
worn wood posts and crooked cable,
finished blocking
the seekers from this
soul sanctuary.
 
Where the earth rises
to a crest, an alter high,
the view opens;
her arms spread so wide,
inviting you in.
 
The breathless blue sky
dips to meet the deep dark sea.
A mystery -
their infinite play
to the horizon.
 
Waves crash and collide
speaking to the stony shore.
Salty mist moist;
the hair on your skin
quivers with its touch.

This poem is part of an online collection I call Little Morsels of Delight.

questions and answers

Isle of Capri, Italy

There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.”

~Zora Neale Hurston

2020 is definitely a year of asking questions.

At least for me.

I’ve noticed how I tend to ask myself lots of questions. Questions for which I don’t have answers. Or at least I’m not ready to delve deep enough to find the answers.

Perhaps there are also years that rest in silence. Years where answers sit in a place of refuge from the bright light of clarity. Years where answers take sanctuary from the free fall of questions.

sanctuary

Corsica France

sanctuary

a silence
gathers in me
beyond my fear
deep inside
I find
sanctuary
a precious place
of cool and calm
where my heart
rests in the quiet

 

May we slow down enough to notice the tenderness within and find peace in the sanctuary of ourselves.

 

* I took this photo at a beach near Saint Florent, Corsica, looking out at Cap Corse. I selected this photo because the sailboat seems to be resting in a peaceful sanctuary.  The entire scene seems calm and quiet compared to the previous day out on the Cap – photo below.

Cap Corse Corsica.jpg