Provincetown Morning

Quiet resounds here.
Time reined in, schedules disappear.
Low tide reveals sand swirls,
lazy etchings from past eddies.
Once afloat in deep water
languid sailboats rest askew,
moorings draped in dripping sea grass.
Plover chatter creates far-off natural hum
occasionally interrupted by a raucous gull.
Sipping coffee in a slight ocean breeze
my mind wanders,
savoring the serenity of this place.

 

 

I’m hosting Tuesday Poetics at dVerse today, the virtual pub for poets. Prompt word/s: rain, rein, and/or reign. Folks are invited to use one, two, or all three of these words. The one caveat is the poem must have a positive bent. Come join poets from across the globe — we’re a friendly bunch so would love to have you participate! Pub opens at 3PM Boston time. And yes, I’m in our beloved Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Two glorious weeks in this beautiful place. Photos from our deck. Feet are from a few years back…but others are from yesterday and today. It’s a special place in the off-season.Β 

57 thoughts on “Provincetown Morning

  1. kanzensakura September 12, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Lovely pics and I always still love your pink toenails. We all have those special places. We are happy, serene, satisfied there. I think this place is yours.

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Oh it definitely is! Over the years I can count on one hand the number of rain storms we’ve had here…but they’re really interesting to watch them roll in….clouds forming a dark gray blanket over the sky and the water of the ocean being pelted. We do love it here! πŸ™‚

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  2. Frank Hubeny September 12, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I like the intricacies of those “lazy etchings” when we are at the ocean. Sometimes they surprise me.

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Some of the patterns are really beautiful! πŸ™‚ Mother nature can be a wonderful artist!

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  3. sarahrussellpoetry September 12, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Gorgeous pictures and a wonderful, luxurious poem to capture a weekend away. Love the prompt today, Lillian!

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      So glad you enjoyed! This is truly a magical place….and we are blessed, we will have 2 weeks here! πŸ™‚

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  4. Jane Dougherty September 12, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Languid is the word. You’re so lucky to have such an end to summer. It’s stomping through the downpours here.

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  5. kim881 September 12, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I love the way your holiday breathes into your poem, Lill! Just the lines
    ‘Quiet resounds here.
    Time reined in, schedules disappear’ resound with relaxation.
    You paint such a restful picture in:
    ‘Low tide reveals sand swirls,
    lazy etchings from past eddies.
    Once afloat in deep water
    languid sailboats rest askew,
    moorings draped in dripping sea grass’.
    Wish I was there!

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      It is truly a beautiful place. We are blessed to come here each year for two weeks. It is so serene….that I had “serenity” spelled wrong! 😦 Just corrected it. Happy to take folks here at least with my words πŸ™‚

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      • kim881 September 13, 2017 / 2:04 am

        πŸ™‚

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  6. annell4 September 12, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I remember the place you described, different but still the same. Time seems to slow down…
    perfect! I miss the gulls, and wonder if they miss me?

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      It is truly a beautiful place. The ocean is mesmorizing and we love watching and listening to the gulls, sandpipers and plovers. Sunrises and sunsets are beautifully calming on the ocean. πŸ™‚

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      Thank you, Alison. We are blessed to spend two weeks each September here. Thankful for every day.

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      • alisonhankinson September 12, 2017 / 4:20 pm

        All these beautiful places that I have yet to see, it is one of the things I love about this community.

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      • lillian September 12, 2017 / 5:30 pm

        Oh yes….I love being an “armchair traveler” through the words of our fellow dVerse poets! πŸ™‚ We are all global travelers here. ❀

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  7. Adda September 12, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    What a wonderful “serenity place”! Your words take me there.
    quiet time low lazy once languid moorings Plover occasionally sipping my savoring

    πŸ™‚

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Glad you enjoyed, Adda. When we get back from our 2 weeks in Ptown, will look at the Skype thing. This would be a wonderful place for you and TJ to kick back and relax. πŸ™‚

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      • Adda September 12, 2017 / 8:49 pm

        I would love to, but I’m not sure if TJ will ever be able to travel again. We’ll see. πŸ™‚ BTW, did you notice the words I wrote? I took the first word from each line, I liked how it sounded.

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      • Adda September 12, 2017 / 9:58 pm

        Sounds good about doing Skype when you return. ❀

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      • lillian September 13, 2017 / 7:55 am

        Went back and reread — first word from every line….you are a poet! πŸ™‚ Found poetry…Taking something and making poetry out of it….in this case, a poem from a poem. I’ve done “found poetry” by writing down the names of books on a book shelf…..and then choosing some, arranging them into a poem. I like to do that with other people’s book shelves. Go to yours and if it’s multiple shelves, just choose 2 or 3 and write down all the titles….then comes the fun. Of course, at the end of the poem, if you put it on a blog etc, you have to credit the titles with the author’s names etc. I think I have two of those somewhere on my blog! πŸ™‚

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      So this is like what is called “found poetry.” Interesting how it sounds, right? First words…love how you did this. 😊

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  8. nosaintaugustine September 12, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I love all the details of the low tide and the mood of relaxed but acute observation. Really nice!

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you. Did you know that the poet Mary Oliver lives here? Also many artists. Provincetown is a muse for many — for me, a lowly home poet too. LOVE it here! πŸ™‚

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      • nosaintaugustine September 12, 2017 / 6:21 pm

        Wow. She is my biggest inspiration. I would absolutely pee myself if I came face-to-face with her.

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      • lillian September 13, 2017 / 7:56 am

        Have never seen her here…but I imagine running into her at one of the restaurants or while walking on the beach….wow! That would indeed be something. I love her work! πŸ™‚

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  9. whimsygizmo September 12, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    And now I am savoring the serenity of it, too. Sigh. So so lovely. Say hello to the sea for me. I miss it so much.

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    • lillian September 12, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Will do. I always feel like, with so many dVerse posts, that I am an armchair traveler — I enjoy this cyber space so much! πŸ™‚

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  10. Bev September 12, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    What a magical place. I visited Cape Cod only once, and always longed to return.

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    • lillian September 13, 2017 / 7:58 am

      It is a beautiful place indeed. Our rental (This is our 17th year here) is in the quiet East end….and right on the ocean. We walk into town (where it’s quite a bit more lively!!!l) to meander the art galleries, hit a few of our favorite shops, and for suppers sometimes too.

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    • lillian September 13, 2017 / 7:58 am

      Glad to take you along with my words! πŸ™‚

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  11. peterfrankiswrites September 13, 2017 / 12:54 am

    Just lovely evocation – I can hear the birds, smell the coffee and see the hawsers dripping with weeds. Lucky you.

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    • lillian September 13, 2017 / 7:59 am

      Lucky indeed. Thankful for every day during our annual two week sojourn here πŸ™‚

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  12. Feelings and Freedom September 13, 2017 / 3:36 am

    What a lovely view and aura! I am getting tempted for a vacation myself πŸ™‚ Lovely words!

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    • lillian September 13, 2017 / 7:59 am

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

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    • lillian September 13, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Always, your comments appreciated! πŸ™‚

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  13. sarahsouthwest September 13, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Looks beautiful, thank you for letting me visit for a few minutes! There’s nothing quite like being by the sea. No wonder you wanted positive spins today.

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    • lillian September 13, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      It is truly beautiful here. I do think we all need some positive cheer in our lives admidst the chaos, especially given recent hurricanes in US, Cuba, and islands; and the monsoon in India. Always happy to share this special place through photos and words. If you look at the “headers” on my blog, you’ll see Cape Cod photos. Those are some of the best we’ve taken over the years πŸ™‚

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  14. merrildsmith September 13, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    This just made me feel so serene. Thank you, Lillian! It looks lovely–and what a beautiful time of year to be there!

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    • lillian September 14, 2017 / 8:05 am

      It is indeed. It’s what’s called the “shoulder” season here. Tourist-time/summer ends with labor day weekend. And winter is not here. Much more quiet this time of year….and still with gorgeous weather! πŸ™‚

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  15. Kathy Reed September 13, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    I love the lazy etchings…one can’t get enough serenity these days. Thanks, Lillian. Btw, I accidentally posted my poem to Monday’s quadrille..I hope it can be deleted.

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    • lillian September 14, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Glad you enjoyed this one. Serenity — a necessary state of mind to “refresh” πŸ™‚
      Just deleted the link on the quadrille site. No problem. Glad to help.

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    • lillian September 14, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Hi Kathy — hmmmm….you had two posts on the rain/reign/rein Mr Linky. I pulled up one…and it said there was no such page so I deleted it. I just know linked into the one left on Mr Linky for the rain/reign/rein and it also says, no such page. Can you tell me if I deleted the wrong one? Do you have a post for the rain/reign/rein prompt? If so, Mr. Linky is still open….will you post it again? I’ll look at the Monday quadrille Mr. Linky and delete that one for you. A bit of confusion here on my part…apologies.

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  16. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala) September 14, 2017 / 3:37 am

    Sipping coffee in a slight ocean breeze
    my mind wanders,
    savoring the serenity of this place.

    Such a wonderful morning, Lillian! Like the relaxed and peaceful nature with even support from the sea breeze. Nothing like the hurricanes that one read about!

    Hank

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    • lillian September 14, 2017 / 8:06 am

      Exactly. It is a very special place indeed…..the ocean at our doorstep literally — food for the soul πŸ™‚

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  17. Imelda September 14, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    You painted a serene moment that complements your photos.

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  18. purplepeninportland September 15, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    The peace and charm of this place come through in beautiful words, Lillian.

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