Friday, May 23, 2014

"The Island"

On the Hatteras to Ocracoke Island Ferry
The Island

Like lips pursed, red roofs beckon,
whisper enticements while seagulls
draw halos upon a dreamy sky.

Ocean's breeze swoops ahead,
christens our lover's nest
as we arrive, embraced by sandy shore
and a haven's warm, salty kiss.

by Margaret Bednar, May 22, 2014


T.S. Eliot, whom my oldest son was just talking about today, used human emotion and action to personify all aspects of nature.  I remember on the ferry boat taking this photo and trying to figure out why it intrigued me so… well, I gave it a shot with this poem and rather like it!    I hope you do to.  

14 comments:

razzamadazzle said...

This is wonderful! You've captured the spirit of the island with your pathetic fallacy. And it's a great photo!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I do like this very much. The joy of the observer is transferred to the scene and you have achieved an excellent sense of anticipation in the poem.

Helen said...

Margaret, take me away! I have yet to explore this part of the US. Lovely write ... Enjoy your weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

just lovely!

Sumana Roy said...

very much visual...beautiful

grapeling said...

I like the image in the first verse, the seagulls drawing halos on the sky ~

manicddaily said...

Ah-- lovely--and wonderful how you carry through your opening metaphor. K.

hedgewitch said...

I love the image of the pursed lips, Margaret--and of course, the photo, so moody and yet clean. Roof shots like that seem to get into the essence of buildings--homes, shelter, etc--and what could be more so than your poem's take of a kiss.

Raining Iguanas said...

Not only did you nail the challenge you inspired me to take a swipe at it myself. I haven't written a poem in a couple of months. Bout time...

David Patterson said...

Wonderful work, Margaret!

Kathryn said...

Sounds like bliss.

Jinksy said...

And your photo looks like a painting!

mywordwall said...

Beautiful poem of place. It is comforting. :-)

Lisa Gordon said...

Your choice of words is wonderful for this beautiful image, Margaret.

Wishing you a fantastic weekend!