Thanx for hearing the quietness and peace: nephiriel, Laurie Kolp,claudia and becky. Hopeful the last line also showed the power which the third line shows I was seeking. Power from quietness. Perhaps Brian understands too.
KayKuala — yeah, that tryst allusion is fun. Naughty, but fun.
Thanx Mary – the beauty of that solitude is all the paddling effort it takes to get there — it makes the rest rich. And then, the paddle home is empowered by the inspiration gathered sharing time with the gull.
There is nothing like the smell of salt air, the gentle rocking of the waves, to sweep you away and engulf you into quiet serenity. I love how you captured this as a parallel moment between you and the gull, right through to the shared time transitioning to “flights home.” Nicely penned.
"I hate that ordinary citizen-readers have been made to feel intimidated by poetry, when in fact it can be so much fun, and so lucid, insightful and contemporary. In this I am very much on the Garrison Keillor culture-team. A poem is a conversation or an encounter with a deeply committed, highly entertaining friend."
-- Tony Hoagland (poet)
"A sad literary irony is poets who crave to be understood but don't write as if they do."
-- Sabio Lantz (a non-poet)