Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sea and Birds, Soul and Silence

Hilton Head Island, SC

I like the sea: we understand one another. It is always yearning, sighing for something it cannot have; and so am I. ~Greta Garbo

I'm linking up with Poetry Pantry today, and posting a poem I've written this past week after returning from our wonderful vacation in Hilton Head Island, SC. I always write a poem about the ocean when we visit...it's such a spiritual place for me, to walk beside the water. I always know that a new poem will be coming when we go to the beach. The photo is one I took while we were there. Thanks so much for stopping by.

SEA AND BIRDS, SOUL AND SILENCE

My lungs are full with
Sea and birds
Soul and silence
Sparkles and glints
Clouds and wild air

My ear against a shell, my
Soul spiraling into cool waters
To swim with heavenly stars
Etched into centers
Of sand dollars

Water-moon of a seashore
Starshine of an ocean twilight
Sunlight and ripe mango
Magnolia petals perfuming
The dusk

A poem comes, so simply made
From my breath, from
The essence of salty air
Inked and scrawled with
The drips and smears of sunset.

© Sherri Brannon

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful poem Sherri! and that photo is just stunning. Nothing better than the ocean is there??

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  2. Wonderful poetry....deep insight into human emotions and nature...:) Lovely Sherri.

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  3. Your title says it all. You have brought to life the importance of the sea to you. I feel the same way, and I have been away too long. And, yes, it seems that poetry comes easily when one spends time at the sea. So much beauty there..for body AND soul.

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  4. with the drips and smears of sunset...i love the ocean, it speaks to me every time i go...its natural rhythm massages my soul....like an ear to the shell...nicely penned...

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  5. Solace. That's what comes to mind. Thank you.

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  6. To wander along the beach, is to find your soul. This sang to me...just gorgeous! And the photo is glorious.

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  7. The ocean is my favorite place to be, such solace and inspiration are found there. Beautiful write!

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  8. You have managed to captured that eternal fascination an artist may find in the sea.

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  9. There is no better place than the shore on this planet and your words take me there! Lovely.

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  10. this stanza rocks! Rambling enjambment.

    Water-moon of a seashore
    Starshine of an ocean twilight
    Sunlight and ripe mango
    Magnolia petals perfuming

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  11. Yes, the ocean is a spiritual and inspirational place. Beautifully written with so much feeling. Love the photo, too :)

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  12. That was a beautiful moment. Thanks for sharing it.

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  13. So Beautiful in both words and image. You have such talent.

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  14. Simply beautiful! Ocean does leave us with tranquility, and inspired.

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  15. Beautiful picture and very serene poem. I love the shell against the ear - I could hear that sound.

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  16. tranquil! Also some nice original/fresh imagery!

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  17. Sherri this is stunning, wow I love your words choices I am going to read this again and again!

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  18. This is so beautiful and I was loving it all the way. When I got to "a poem comes, so simply made, from my breath" it took my breath away! Home

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  19. Beautiful poem. I can see where the inspiration comes from. I was born very close to the sea and like you, I find it a source of creativity. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  20. Love the quote. And the photo. And the poem. The sea always feels like home to me. And heaven seems a little nearer there.

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