Friday, January 1, 2016

Sea Treasures Winter Swap

Sea Treasures


This is only my second year doing the Winter Swap, but it is so much fun!  For me it's a time to be able to share a little bit of ME and me - an opportunity to get to feel the "real" of our virtual worlds.  Isn't it great to know that there are actual human beings out there in the rest of the world that we know even though we have never met face to face?  This is a great tangible way to reach out and know in our digital, virtual age that breathing, living souls are on the other side of that glowing monitor, and that the typed words we are reading, first emanated from a thoughtful mind via fingers with unique swirls and whorls.  It's a mind boggling thought for me today.  I am going to stop there before I come to tears.  Thank you everyone out there for reading!  Thank you for commenting! Know that I consider YOU to be my friend!

Sea Treasures
                 
                                                                                                                           Back
                                                                                                                   and forth,
                                                                                                                      Back
                                                                                                           and forth,
Like the warp through the weft of a weaving;
As a dog who lives for retrieving,
                                                                                                               Back
                                                                                                    and forth,
                                                                                                        Back
                                                                                             and forth,
Glass pieces give up their rough edges
And stones are rolled smooth from their ledges.
                                                                                                Back
                                                                                     and forth,
                                                                                         Back
                                                                              and forth,
As a reader’s eyes scanning the pages;
Or as pendulums counting the ages,
                                                                                  Back
                                                                       and forth,
                                                                           Back
                                                                and forth,
Like the peace of a cradle in motion
Is the water inside the great ocean.
                                                                     Back
                                                          and forth,
                                                              Back
                                                   and forth,
Those shards rounded smooth from the ride
Stranded on shore cannot hide.
                                                    Back
                                         and forth,
                                             Back
                                  and forth,
As a beachcomber scanning a beach
For treasures brought forth within reach.
                                   Back
                        and forth,
                            Back
                 and forth,
Sea trinkets now swing on a crook
To show where you paused in a book.

by Donna JT Smith, 12/2015

The rest of Poetry Friday is being Rounded Up at Mary Lee's place, A Year of Reading.  Go there for more poetic goodies!

* Said I'd tell you when my poem was up on Silver Birch Press...
and now it is! #4 "In Mountains" was written for the topic "Me in Fiction".  As a child, after reading Heidi, I thought it would be wonderful to live like she did...
I will repost about this coming Friday, but if you see this now, (post edited Sunday night) you could read it earlier than that if you wanted.
"In Mountains", published on Silver Birch Press

12 comments:

  1. I love this! I posted a photo on Facebook this week of the treasures my husband and daughter brought back from a walk on the beach. Happy New Year!

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    1. I love combing the beaches. Used to find more interesting stuff when I was a child - and way more beach glass. Happy NewYear!

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  2. This is fabulous, Donna! From the layout, to the repetition, to the thought! Have a prolific 2016!

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  3. Great use of repetition and white space! Love the poem and thoughts of warm ocean-side days searching for sea glass. Happy New Year!

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    1. I even comb the beaches in fall and early spring...guess I've been there winters too if the snow isn't too deep!

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  4. The repetition is so calming; the truths so varied and TRUE! Lovely!

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  5. Happy New Year, Donna!! Wishing you lots of treasures in 2016!

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    1. I appreciate those wishes for treasures in the New Year! May you also reap some sparkly treasures this coming year!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Sophia! Hope your new year is filled with fun and laughter.

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