It's the first week of summer: temperatures sizzle, water sparkles, relaxation beckons, and adventures begin. With a sinus infection that has me under the weather, I am limited to what I can do but sitting quietly in a lounge chair writing or reading are lay back activities that are both soothing and restorative.
time to kick back
summer brings relaxation
(The photo below of the Pacific Ocean by Kim Douillard was shared by Margaret Simon at This Photo Wants to be a Poem. I read through the various poems colleagues wrote. All reminded me of my beloved Long Island beaches so I decided to add my draft to Margaret's collection.
june's glistening spray
spritzes salty sea breezes,
swishes diamond-dazzle drops
cooling summer's sunsoaked rays
©CV, 2021, draft
It would not be summer without adventures, whether they are nearby or far away. As a child, my adventures were always found in books. I daydreamed about destination places I longed to see. When the pandemic started to rage, traveling became difficult. People began dreaming of destinations that would take them to places beyond their homes. Slowly, traveling bans lifted and fears diminished. Traveling became a topic as the surge for destination trips began.
When the Poetry Sisters posted their June challenge, I knew that it would be a deep dive into the creativity zone and just what I needed to begin my summer adventure in Virginia. The Poetry Sisters ask that each writer create a zentangle poem with an embedded design. For your information, the Poetry Sisters referenced poet Kathryn Apel's explanation of the zentangle in her Poetry Pep Up challenge. "The zentangle poem is a form of found poetry using repetitive lines (zentangles) to frame your poem." My zentangle for Kat's challenge can be found here. My topic for today's challenge revolves around the topic of travel as it pertains to current thoughts. The referencing article is from AAA World Travel magazine of July/August 2021. My poem follows a simulated roadway.
family feeling confident
to hit roadways.
enjoy the drive!
I offer today's poetry to the Poetry Friday Roundup at our Poetry Friday Host, Linda Mitchell. Linda offers her own challenge at her blog, A Word Edgewise. Choose one of her clunker lines in exchange for a quick poem and a clunker line in return.
My choices from Linda's offerings:
found a bit of sunflower
trees turned so orange the road looked blue
Stop back to see how I use the above clunkers in a new poem.
Wow! "swishes diamond-dazzle drops" is amazing. I hope you also post your poem on Margaret's site for the others to see, too. Beautiful.
I also love your traveling zentangle...Especially those first two phrases. What a find!
Denise, when I stand in front of the ocean, I always am stunned by the diamond-like glitter of the waves. Thanks for reminding me to post my poem at Margaret's site. We are traveling tonight to a picturesque Civil War town to eat outdoors with my grandgirls and family. Our hope and optimism is restored.Delete
What a rich post! I love that you are kicking back into summer at the pool...is this where you created your zentangle? So fun. Yes, I think I WILL enjoy the drive.ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting today, Linda, and stopping by during your busy weekend. Today is the first day I felt more like myself. The meds are kicking in in time for the beginning of summer. Good thing! My zentangle was created at home yesterday but the pool gave me the opportunity to rest in the sun for a short time during the past two afternoons. I will share my clunker poem in a post. Thanks for the lines.Delete
I hope the summer sun & lounging finds you better soon, Carol. I love the return to your previous beach love & that zentangle travel poem is exciting to think about. I am looking forward to going "somewhere"! Have a great 'get-well' weekend!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Linda. My get-well weekend will start with a a quick ride to a Civil War town with charm and a wonderful trattoria. We are set to travel there later (have not been to this town since before the pandemic started). The family, including the little girls, feel confidentDelete
to hit the roadways and travel for an evening meal followed by ice cream. "optimism renewed"
Thoughts have turned back to traveling. The beaches are booked. I love the diamond dazzle in your photo poem. And that zentangle makes me want to hit the road. Although after traveling recently with a toddler and a baby, I am staying put for a little bit.ReplyDelete
I have the travel itch but we will have to find short trips in Virginia to explore. Next week, my granddaughters are staying with us while their parents travel for a short trip to the Bahamas. We are excited to walk over to the pool at our community now that it is open to guests. Have a great weekend, Margaret.Delete
Enjoy the drive, indeed! We'd hoped to go to the beach, but the place we like to stay has ZERO reservations! (And then I thought: I don't really want to be at the beach when a zillion people are there, so we'll just keep summering at the lake!). xoReplyDelete
Summer in style at your lake house, Irene. Enjoy a lazy summer day!Delete
"travel deferred/ optimism renewed." Great find in your Zentangle poem, Carol. I'm dreaming of places to put on my travel bucket list, though not quite ready to leave town yet.ReplyDelete
I have a list, too, Laura but for now getting to know the area is a top priority. Local travel brings a new perspective to my summering list.Delete
That blue sky in your first pic is gorgeous Carol, I hope it sends you some healing powers. Love your Road Trip zentangle poem, it's full of movement and positivity in words and images!ReplyDelete
Michelle, thanks for stopping by and enjoying some sunshine. I need the healing powers the sun gives. It seems that my daughter and I have the same type of sinus / virus illness that we both got from our little ones. My daughter got her meds today and the baby will go to the doctor tomorrow. Summer colds were not part of our summering plans.Delete
Your visuals work PERFECTLY with your Zentangle poem!ReplyDelete
Thanks for joining me this morning, Mary Lee. I see you are enjoying this Saturday morning with poetry just like me. It feels right greeting daylight with some quiet time. Have a great weekend.Delete
Your Zentangle poem is amazing, Carol! Hope you're feeling better!ReplyDelete
Laura, it is so good to hear from you. I hope your move went well and you are feeling more settled. I am resting to get better because the little girls are staying with us next week while their parents go to the Bahamas. Enjoy your week.Delete
"...exhales energy" — Wow. This made me feel, strongly, the way we've all been holding our breath through this pandemic. Love your Zentangle poem,too. Thanks for these, Carol!ReplyDelete
Thanks for joining me here, Karen, to release the energy needed to enjoy the art of summering.Delete
Lovely! I hope you feel better soon.ReplyDelete
Oh, Carol, I'm sorry I missed your Zentangle earlier! You did a GREAT job with an ad -- I wish I'd thought of using one of those!! And the red truck went with the travel motif as well.ReplyDelete
I want to LIVE in June's glistening spray, however... ::happy sigh::