Provincetown Farewell

Day dallies before night,
languorous not angry.
No streaks of orange-red.
No temper tantrum flares.
No sinking glaring half-orb
stamping her rays.

This evening she dabbles,
pastel palette en plein aire.

Blushing, she rouges blue sky.
Sun butter yellows upon her brush,
delicately blend into rosey hues.
Bending closer, stroking more,
soft kisses touch ocean calm
till violet hues meld into scene.

She pauses quietly in her beauty,
then softly fades farewell.

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Sunset photos I took two nights ago in Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod. No photoshopping; no edits. Just pointed my phone and clicked. Breathtaking evening as you can see. Easy to understand why artists and poets (including Mary Oliver) flock to Provincetown. Sadly, our annual two weeks here ends on Saturday as we take the ferry back to Boston. Provincetown, you never disappoint!

Mish hosts OLN at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Open Link Night means anyone can share one poem of their choosing.

62 thoughts on “Provincetown Farewell

  1. Janice September 20, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I love your metaphor in this poem and the sound of these lines: โ€œThis evening she dabbles,pastel palette en plein aire.โ€ The photos are breathtaking.

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  2. Jade M. Wong September 20, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Your poem was an absolute vision to read, all the beautiful images, all the vivid colors. And the photos! Oh, just stunning.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Thank you, Jade. It is indeed an artist’s muse! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. claudia September 20, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    what a beautiful capture of the scene and mood… so palpable

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Thank you, Claudia. So glad you enjoyed!

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  4. scotthastiepoet September 20, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Delicately tinted verse Lillian that captures the scene perfectly.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:15 am

      When you look at the untouched photos, you can see why artists flock to Provincetown!

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  5. Frank Hubeny September 20, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    Nice perspective of the sunset as “languorous not angry”. Also beautiful photos. I like how those objects in the water accentuate the difference between sky and water.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:15 am

      Ah Frank . . . thank you for recognizing two of the subtleties of the post ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. V.J. Knutson September 20, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    Your description is exquisite, Lilian – your words, like the artist’s brush, creating such beauty.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:16 am

      Thank you! Every year, I am enthralled by the natural beauty of this place. Even on the grey days, there is a unique appeal.

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  7. Glenn Buttkus September 20, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    What they said–your poetics are a painting, your photos are poetic. It was so nice of you to share with us this special place; you really nailed a sense of place and sunset and September.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:17 am

      Thank you, Glenn! Arrived home late Saturday to our city life – special also – but I do miss the ocean and the unobstructed views of sunrise and sunset! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:18 am

      I agree — goodbye to that particular day….and goodbye to this year’s serenity by the ocean.

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  8. Suzanne September 20, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Your poem works well with your beautiful photos. What a wonderrful sunset to experiencee.

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  9. kanzensakura September 20, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Such gorgeous photos Lillian. I wish I could live by the ocean. the sunsets are truly amazing and your words are wonderful. Ekphrastic poetry at its best. Describe the sunset again for me.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:19 am

      So glad you enjoyed and thank you for the wonderful comment here. Truly appreciated. We do treasure our annual two weeks by the ocean in Provincetown. Quite special to be lulled to sleep by those lapping waves.

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      • kanzensakura September 24, 2018 / 12:43 pm

        Yes it is. Brad always gets amused when we go to the Beach and I leave the hotel room sliding door open just enough to be able to hear those waves.

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  10. Beverly Crawford September 20, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    A lovely passage through the day. I’m partial to the quiet before the fade!

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:21 am

      Ah yes — “she softly fades farewell” rather than she bades farewell. And that’s how it really is with a beautiful sunset…it evolves, slowly changes its colors, and then just as slowly fades into darkness.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Thank you! The sunset and the photos of it the next morning, motivated the words for the poem. I kept reading it without the photos, to insure the poem “stood alone” as well. Glad you enjoyed both!

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  11. Grace September 20, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    Such a beautiful painting (and photos) of words specially:

    she dabbles,
    pastel palette en plein aire.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Ah, thank you Grace. Walking the beach in Provincetown, there are always artists with their easels, standing in the sand, painting the scenes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Ah….thanks for the comment on that particular line — I really wrestled with that wording until the personification came through. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. rothpoetry September 20, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    I really like the way the poem fits so well with the photos you posted. I saw this same pastel sky and it blush of orange painting the clouds at setting sun. So beautiful. Sadly,I did not get a picture.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:24 am

      During our two annual weeks in Provincetown, I am always up before dawn, with phone in hand for photos. And also have the phone close by for the setting sun as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Mish September 20, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    I never tire of photographing sunsets. Those are beauties, Lil. I like the contrasts in your poem from fiery tantrums to peaceful hues.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:26 am

      I agree Mish. During our two annual weeks in Provincetown, I am always up at the crack of dawn, on our deck, to catch the sunrise….and most nights, back out there again for the sunsets. Funny, other sunsets during our time this year includes streaks of red and orange…this one was like a soft impressionist painting…and thus came the idea of the personification with angry to blushing and being more demure instead. So glad you enjoyed!

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  14. Sumana Roy September 20, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    I love this personification and her elegant beauty. So tender, tranquil and touching. And what to speak of the breathtaking photos!!

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:27 am

      Thank you, Sumana. It truly was a beautiful evening sunset – like an impressionist painting! ๐Ÿ™‚ And tranquil indeed.

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  15. Shaista Tayabali September 21, 2018 / 4:05 am

    The photographer being a poet surely captured something extra special! Arenโ€™t we lucky to be able to twice enjoy beauty? Once in the existing manifestation and second in the passing memory?
    Thank you for sharing that changing sky…
    Like kanzensakura said, this is ekphrastic poetry at its best.

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Thank you so very much for your lovely comment here. Truly appreciated. Oh yes….that is the wonder of photographs – of people, of occasions, of sunsets….we can enjoy them again and again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:29 am

      May I admit something here? ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to look up the word “ekphrastic” when it first appeared in a comment about this poem. The proof is in the pudding so to say — and I always say I am continually learning at dVerse!
      Glad you enjoyed!

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  16. Lona Gynt September 21, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    Especially love
    โ€œBending closer, stroking more,
    soft kisses touch ocean calmโ€
    Exquisite Lillian! ๐ŸŒ…

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Thank you, Lona….especially for calling out those words. I really struggled with those lines….had “touching” first and then went with the “stroking” to follow through on the second stanza. So again, I really appreciate you mentioning them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Lona Gynt September 24, 2018 / 10:56 am

        They make the feel of the poem just perfect. ๐Ÿ’œ

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  17. mhmp77 September 22, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    kaykuala

    Blushing, she rouges blue sky.
    Sun butter yellows upon her brush,
    delicately blend into rosey hues.

    Beautifully described of progressive hues of red from blue. That is exactly the phenomena of a darkening sunset and you captured it brilliantly, Lillian! Images are fantastic!

    Hank

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:33 am

      Oh Hank, thank you so very much for your lovely comment here and call out of these lines. I just couldn’t believe that evening how the sky was so gently changing – it was like someone painting at impressionism painting in front of me. I was so glad my phone captured the colors so well. Glad you enjoyed!

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  18. Frank J. Tassone September 22, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Exsquisite personification of day, and what a medley of delicious images! Beautifully written!

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:33 am

      Thank you so much, Frank. Truly appreciate your kind words here!

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Thank you! Such kind words….truly appreciate them!

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  19. jazzytower September 24, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Wow! I see what you mean. You painted well with your words. Those photos.. the scenery really, a deep inspiration. Excellent! Now Provincetown is going on my list of must see places.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Pat

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    • lillian September 24, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      It must be on your list! Fast ferry from Boston – just 90 minute ride. No need for a car in town๐Ÿ˜Š Look at top of my blog – thereโ€™s a header of Cape Cod and itโ€™s a collage of Provincetown photos over the years. Youโ€™d love it there!

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      • jazzytower September 24, 2018 / 5:05 pm

        Will do, thanks.๐Ÿ˜Š

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