Each summer the sea calls to me. Sometimes it roars with urgency and other times it enchants me with its lulling sounds. As one of "nature's promoters of peace", the sea inspires me to write. Whether I am at the beach or gazing into one of my photographs of the ocean, I respond to the call. I fill my thoughts with coastal colors, like quiet moments and healing aloe, to set the tone and fill my creative space with calm. Adding soothing music of waves ebbing and flowing and soft lighting, stillness surrounds me. Even when words do not flow, I am at rest waiting for the muse to call.
Seaside vibes ignite creativity sparks.
Tonight, I write for this week's Poetry Friday Roundup knowing that our teacher-poet host and Wonderopolis Ambassador colleague, Christie Wyman, is also in the creativity zone. What Christie offers is a "poetic salad, side dish, or dessert to extend our Poetry Is... community poem. She is eager to read what poetry means to each writer and create a Part II Community Poem. While I forgot to hit the send button for my submission, I add it here and look forward to reading what Christie creates.
As a poet, writer, and digital artist, I look at life through two lenses, the poet's and artist's points of view.
From the artist's vantage point:
Poetry is a sun note opening day
across a painted skyway.
From the writer's point of view:
Poetry is a brushstroke of words
illuminating a thought.
May my digital artwork and poems inspire you to nurture your soul.
If interested, I invite you to offer an image poem, nature photography, digital art, video, song, or inspirational quote for my upcoming Nurturing Our Summer Souls Gallery.
Dear Carol - sun notes and brushstrokes... poetry, for sure! Thank you for sharing the sea with us, too. Water heals. xoReplyDelete
Irene, it is delightful to hear from you. I hope the lake is cooling and refreshing. Thank you for joining me here. Water does heal and nurture my summer soul.Delete
I always love your ocean shares, Carol, wishing I could get there as often as you. Thanks for bringing some of those "sea salt colors" to me today. I love your own "poetry is", too, that "sun note" no matter the darkness keeps me going and going. Have a lovely weekend!ReplyDelete
Linda, you and I are kindred souls. We love the beach, nature, and grandchildren. We find light to be stimulating and words that dance. Thank you for always being there to support my writing.Delete
Your work is always a "brushstroke of words illuminating a page." Thanks for sharing the ocean video, as I will be at the Jersey Shore in the near future where I will hear and touch the waves.ReplyDelete
Oh, Janice, you must take a photo of the scenery for me. Maybe, you will be inclined to create a poem to accompany it for my Nurturing Our Summer Souls Gallery. Thanks for your generous comment.Delete
Thank you for all of your creations, each one as beautiful (or more!) than the next. Words and pictures...you are so talented. I'm sure you know Masefield's poem "Sea Fever," but if not, I'm reminded of you when I read it: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/54932/sea-fever-56d235e0d871eReplyDelete
Mary Lee, I thank you for thinking of me the way I see myself, a lover of nature and a writer. I have been nurtured by art and poetry since I was in high school.Through these lens, I see the world. Sometimes, the chaos of life clouds my glasses but quiet time helps restores my soul. I do love Masefield's poem so thank you for reminding me of it. Sea Fever is such an apt title for his work.Have a wonderful weekend. I would like to showcase your swap to me at PF on the 21st. My little grandgirls are sleeping over on Thursday and Friday so I am going to get started on my post as soon as I can.Delete
There are so many wonderful phrases: sea salt colors and poetry is a sun note. Your work is always so gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Jone, thanks for commenting. I love mixing nature and colors together to come up with a new idea. Have a wonderful weekend.Delete
You've created an oasis of calm in this post - thank you. I love what you wrote here: "Even when words do not flow, I am at rest waiting for the muse to call." Beautifully, lyrically said.ReplyDelete
I like what Elizabeth points out...an oasis of calm. It's so needed. It's been a rough news month. There's so much tension all over!ReplyDelete
Loves these, Carol! I especially liked the "sea salt colors" line. I recently made watercolor and sea salt bookmarks with the kids and it was a hit!ReplyDelete
Carol, your words are always calmly welcoming and wonderful, like this sentence: "I fill my thoughts with coastal colors, like quiet moments and healing aloe, to set the tone and fill my creative space with calm."ReplyDelete
I love the idea of "a sun note opening day" -- yes! In your photo and in poetry. Thank you!