The heat is almost unbearable, which means early morning watering and weeding (and walking!) How is it that despite the heat, the weeds flourish?
My thoughts have turned to Michigan this week, we booked our vacation and I really can’t wait to go. And, it’s days (weeks?) like this when I long to be back in Michigan and even Derek Walcott’s To Norline reminds me of this picture from a misty morning at Oval Beach.
This beach will remain empty
for more slate-colored dawns
of lines the surf continually
erases with its sponge,
and someone else will come
from the still-sleeping house,
a coffee mug warming his palm
as my body once cupped yours,
to memorize this passage
of a salt-sipping tern,
like when some line on a page
is loved, and it’s hard to turn.
I love those misty, “slate-colored” dawns and the sound of the water and the birds and the winds. Good things to think of on a quiet, but hot Tuesday morning.
Happy Tuesday everyone! Stay cool!
Lovely poem! And, yes, it is stinkin’ hot out there. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago we were complaining about how wet and cold Spring was?
Thank you for sharing this poem — the more you share of Derek Walcott, the more I think I need to buy some of his poetry!
Think cool, beachy thoughts today!
What a lovely poem!!! We are going out with the paddle boards again soon. Fireman is in the GO GO GO mode. Good thing Zach is coming home Saturday. I’m still just waking up. Sheesh.
Ahhhhh. Lake Michigan. Always so nice. (Erin got married a block from Oval Beach, and had her pictures done right there on the beach!)
Yes, a nice place to get away to and relax!
We’ve also been watering twice a day and the garden still looks pitiful. I heard you had some wicked storms yesterday, so I hope the heat has lessened even a bit and that your plants got a good drink without any damage.
This heat wave makes me wish I was back in Maine! Love your poem.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to be where that photo was taken. You could surely let all your cares just float away across the water.
sigh…what a lovely view and a beautiful poem! (when are you going?)
Beautiful photo and wonderful poem. I need to look for some of Walcott’s poetry.
Perfect combination of words and images.