Bermuda Beautiful

Liquid joy
blues beyond belief.
Gaze on her,
feast your eyes.
Aquamarine, royal, teal,
sea colors, her crown.

yellow warbler sings.
Loquat trees
bear gold fruit.
Island nation taunts my pen,
tell them if you can.

railway trails of old,
limestone ruins,
painter’s muse.
Twenty-two miles, end to end,
only half-mile wide.

Soul soother
slower pace of life.
Welcome rain,
next day’s tea.
Bermudean tapestry,
your blues steep my joy.



Amaya is hosting dVerse today, the virtual pub for poets. She asks us to write a shadorma: a poem with 6-line stanzas with the following syllabic count for the lines: 3-5-3-3-7-5. We are in Bermuda for a month — our fourth year to do this. The waters surrounding this beautiful island country really defy description in terms of their colors. And the yellow kiskadee’s song is exactly like its name: kiss-ka-dee, kiss-ad-dee. Because Bermuda has no aquifer, rainwater is collected in a ridged white-roof system that drains into each home’s cistern located below ground. That water is then pumped up into the house, into the faucets, washing machines etc. Hence, my tea this morning is made from the latest rain storm! Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time.  I’ve also published a second shadorma today, more in line with the term itself…in the shadows of a grave yard

35 thoughts on “Bermuda Beautiful

  1. Frank Hubeny March 15, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    Those blues are overwhelming beautiful, sky and water all as one layered shades of blue.

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    • lillianLil March 15, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      The water here really looks like that – no doctoring on the photos. It is beautiful!

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  2. Gospel Isosceles March 15, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    “Island nation taunts my pen,
    tell them if you can.”
    I’d say you’ve done a wonderful job promoting the sounds and sights of Bermuda. I love the various birdcalls, especially the romantic “kiss-ka-dee”, sounding like a perfect complement to a lover’s kiss before a sea sunset.

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    • lillian March 15, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this. Funny thing is that Bermudians despise the Kiskadee — it leaves a mess and eats fruits etc. I think they’re beautiful and love the sound.


  3. kim881 March 15, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Gorgeous words and images, Lill, and I especially love love the line: ‘Island nation taunts my pen’ and the final stanza.

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    • lillian March 15, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks, Kim. This is such a beautiful island country -and the people are so very friendly.

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  4. alisonhankinson March 15, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    What a beautiful sounding place, the colours are stunning. I think it must feel so wonderful to be there.

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    • lillian March 15, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      The colors are indeed stunning! Photo is not doctored at all. If you look under the Travel Muse header on my site, you’ll see more beautiful photos on other Bermuda related posts.

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  5. Vivian Zems March 15, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    After reading this… I’m already on expedia- looking for a flight out! Sigh!!!

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    • lillian March 15, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      And the amazing thing is that Bermuda is just off the coast of NC – a 90 minute flight from Boston.

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      • Vivian Zems March 16, 2018 / 3:00 pm

        Still a stretch from London. ..but you’ve made it worth it.


  6. Just Barry March 15, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    You paint a vivid picture of Bermuda. And thank you for including the loquat tree reference… I had no idea that fruit existed. 🙂

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    • lillian March 15, 2018 / 8:17 pm

      It’s a small fruit and when golden, folks collect them and make jam and wine.

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      • Just Barry March 16, 2018 / 1:01 am

        I’m curious about the taste now!


    • lillian March 15, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you! It truly is an exquisite island country.


  7. Candy March 15, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Ahhh, I think we all needed a glimpse of paradise today

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  8. Kathy Reed March 16, 2018 / 1:18 am

    Just wonderful, Lillian..especially I like your ‘painters muse’ to go with your writer’s muse.

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  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade March 16, 2018 / 8:03 am

    Now we can visit too via your vivid description!

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  10. Raivenne March 16, 2018 / 11:15 am

    Bermuda is on my list of places to visit. Your wonderful words of paradise have pushed it much higher on that list.

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  11. jillys2016 March 16, 2018 / 11:25 am

    Love how you blend the colors and personify the island! Fabulous voice!

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  12. MNL March 17, 2018 / 2:00 am

    oh wow! I want to go there! poem and photos are lovely! That’s a smart way to collect water and use it. Does it rain a lot to keep you supplied with water? Cool bird — never heard of them.

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  13. rosemawrites March 20, 2018 / 1:06 am

    oh the lovely phrases and imagery you painted, Lillian! Liquid joy! perfect phrase for the ever lovely sea!

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