I Smell the Salt in Seaside Breeze, NaPoWriMo

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I smell the salt in seaside breeze

watch it toss the sun-sweetened flowers

and taste the nectar with droning bees

 

feel how it caresses my face and knees

with kisses, the promises of lazy hours

with books beneath shade of dancing trees.

 

On porches, we recline, so at ease–

a temporary haven, even if not ours–

imagining the taste of nectar, the droning bees

 

An evening walk, some ice cream, please!

wishing if and only we had the powers–

to stop a moment, to smell the salty, seaside breeze.

 

If we could a moment freeze,

would we box it up, using super-powers

to hold fast summer’s nectar-taste and droning bees?

 

For long ago summer vacations, the time of these–

ocean, sun, daughters’ laughter, and showers–

relaxing in the salt-scent of a seaside breeze,

of dreams, tasting the nectar with droning bees.

 

For Day 25 of NaPoWriMo the challenge is “to write a poem that

  • Is specific to a season
  • Uses imagery that relates to all five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell)
  • Includes a rhetorical question, (like Keats’ “where are the songs of spring?”)”

The dVerse poetry form this past month has been the villanelle, so here’s one more before it closes. Sarah’s template on the prompt page is most helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

36 thoughts on “I Smell the Salt in Seaside Breeze, NaPoWriMo

      • Yup, Cape May counts as the Jersey Shore. It’s a lovely place. My parents began taking my brother and I to OC NJ as toddlers, and we’ve continued the tradition with our kids and now their kids, who have fallen in love with everything you describe in your poem. ❤

  1. Ah, Merril – I’m going back through the villanelles, and realised I hadn’t commented on this one – though I was sure I had? Maybe on another platform? If I haven’t, it’s lovely, really captures the mood of a summer evening, layered with evenings from the past, happy, but with a whisper of melancholy at the transience of life. Beautiful.

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