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Friday, April 28, 2017

BEACH WALK

Salt air,
     crashing ocean waves,
          and sunshine

wash over me.

I  b r e a t h e
     deeply

my pulse
     slows

my lungs
     say Mahalo
     thank you 

for this first 
     taste
          of spring.


   Do you have things you do that make you instantly relax?  A walk along the beach does it for me, especially if I can feel the cool wet sand between my toes.  Your poetry challenge for today is to write a poem about something (or things) that make you feel either relaxed or excited.  Have fun playing with your words.





   Today is Poetry Friday and JoAnn Early Macken is hosting the round up of poetry at Teaching Authors.  You can find more poetry posts on her blog here.

14 comments:

  1. Walking the beach in the off seasons is one of my favorite things to do. It's hard to hold tension in when the magnificence of the ocean is before you! Thanks for sharing your lovely poem. Wishing you lots of relaxing beach walks!

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    1. Where I live there is no "off season." I remember when I lived in Santa Monica, it was wonderful when winter came because all the tourists would go home and we could park in the parking lot and walk the beach without worrying about getting hit in the head with a frisbee. In Chapel Hill we loved the summers when the students would all go home and we could get into our favorite restaurants. I'm sure people the world over feel this way about their home turf.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Molly.

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  2. Mahalo for this beautiful scene, and talking us along with you to the beach. :)

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    1. It is my opinion a lot of the world problems could be solved with a walk along the beach. Thanks, Jane.

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  3. Walking the beach definitely relaxes me but I don't get there often since moving to Indiana. A walk in the woods does it as well, though.

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    1. In the quiet of freshly fallen snow? Enjoy your walks. Yes, hunting for mushrooms in the undergrowth is relaxing for me too. Thanks, Kay for stirring those memories.

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  4. I love thinking about you on that beach, Joy. And I love that you are sharing with us!

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    1. Do you still have snow, Linda? Please tell me it has all melted. How can you have snow in May? It would drive me crazy. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  5. I step into the scene
    take it all in
    and stroll
    with Joy

    I am visualizing, dear Joy, one day soon . . .
    Your picture and your poem are so calming to the spirit and soul. Thank you.

    Cory

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    1. Hey Cory. I'm excited to hear from you. I get a relaxed feeling from looking at pictures of your garden and reading your inventive poetry.
      Did you see that Heidi Stemple and Kathleen Hayes have been added to faculty for the Eileen Spinelli Highlights Poetry Retreat in September? I'm so looking forward to seeing you and Jeanne Poland there.

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  6. The ocean and wave-sounds always relax me, too. Also, doing stretching exercises with some yoga music. Or hugging my kids. :-)

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    1. You're right. I hadn't thought about how stretching makes my breathing slow.

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  7. challenge accepted! The ocean doesn't always make me relax. I enjoy it....unless the sound is too booming and/or there is wind. I will think about what makes me instantly relax and write about it. I've copied your challenge into my poetry sandbox. Have a great week and thank you for sharing such a lovely poem...it just sounds good in my mouth!

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    1. Bless your delicious mouth. I do know that feeling. Thank you.

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