Thursday, January 29, 2009

Inspired...

A few days ago, someone I'm in touch with via Facebook, wrote little snatches of a message to me. Those snatches held some wonderful imagery and information and I told the person that maybe I should write a poem...for that's how much I was inspired.

So I did.


i. MORNING GLORY

The day, featuring a violet-blue sky
has beckoned.
With white designer umbrella clouds
dotting the washed blue,
and playing peek-a-boo
with the sun's brilliant rays.

The glimmering Pacific weaves its magic
as frothy, white caps bounce
up and down
up and down
as the waves dance into shore.

Overhead, the gulls circle,
crying, crying
"Yee-haw, Yee-haw" -- extras in an old Western.

I pick up my pace.
"Huh, Huh, Huh, Huh."
Deep, panting breaths
in time to my footwork.
Left, right, left, right
"Huh, Huh, Huh, Huh."

I feel alive.
Revived by this healthy air,
by the way my lungs are
expanding and contracting
expanding and contracting.

This is my meditation.
This is my balm.

Over sand, warmed by the sun.
Over millions of sparkling granules
my legs carry me away.
Farther and farther
from the daily bump and grind
I call "a life."

ii. AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Stretched out on the chaise,
sketchbook and pencil in hand,
I stare off into the distance,
a slight frown on my lips.
I lift my hand and begin to draw.

Bold lines this way,
Slashes that way,
Shading at the edges.

I put down my pencil
and look at the page.
What was once blank,
pure linen white,
now plays host to
a drawing of a man,
stretched out on a chaise,
sketchbook and pencil in hand,
a wide smile on his face.

4 comments:

cruisin-mom said...

Pearl..those are beautiful. You put that poet who read at the inauguration, to shame.

Robin said...

These poems are wonderful! It's an incredible coincidence, because you actually inspired me to write a poem about an avocado. It's called "Ode to an Avocado" and will be featured in The Avocado of the Month Club's April brochure.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Two Poems! WOW! And both Wonderful, my dear Pearl....I especially found the first one brought many images to my mind of walking on the beach in Malibu and the feeling this whole experience would always give me....The Pacific, The Air, The Expanding Lungs.....BEAUTIFULLY SAID!

Laura Hegfield said...

love these. keep writing.
Laura