serene

plump placid pelicans
snooze safely on the sandbar
while flighty seabirds fluff about

they all reside in the middle of the river
safe but on display for those who walk
jog cycle boat or fish along the bank

a temperate island on north creek
sheltered from the river mouth
offers respite to birdlife and us

as we enjoy mutual fascination
observed from a secure distance
all relaxed chilling in our own way

soaking up the essence of life
avoiding any mischief or strife
serenity arises in each moment

as we avoid pandemic fears
bad news and political posturing
restful in our prime locality

marvelling that we are off the hook
our biggest bother, what to cook
content with our natural outlook

23 comments

  1. I love this poem and especially the last stanza!! I was just pondering what to cook tonight for dinner too. I think the sight of all the birds on the sand bar would be fascinating to watch – like nature’s TV (hehe! I crack myself up!)

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  2. A wondrous piece of serenity Kate, adored your opening stanza…
    “plump placid pelicans
    snooze safely on the sandbar
    while flighty seabirds fluff about”

    Followed on by your very eloquent finale stanza, which made me smile…
    “marvelling that we are off the hook
    our biggest bother, what to cook
    content with our natural outlook”

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  3. Lyrical, Kate. So much so, the peace and relaxation carry me adrift from the other side of the planet. Both photo and words, chosen effectively.

    Remarkable how even a hint of sea life puts one in a better place. Though we’re a full-day inland here, gulls have followed the rivers into the interior, and sometimes can be seen around shopping centers and restaurants.

    If I close my eyes, I’m back at the beach, and the blood pressure drops twenty points.

    Your writing has done the exact same thing, Kate!

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  4. Such a lovely poem. I feel your happiness and contentment. And the thought about cooking is so universal 🙂
    This reminds me of the Zen message, “after enlightenment, you still have to do the laundry”.

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  5. Oh, I love this!!! Beauty and serenity surround you! And your words, and the emotions supporting them, help us to feel serene, My Beautiful Friend! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…we cook-ed a veggie salad, corn on the cob (roasted), and black beans last night! 🙂

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  6. “soaking up the essence of life
    avoiding any mischief or strife”
    this is such a lovely poem but these are my two favorite lines………amen!!! nature has a way of sucking the stress straight out of our bodies……

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