Provincetown Serenity

Wooooshhhh . . .
wooooshhhh . . .
waves sweep in,
rhythmic oceanic refrain.
Sun glittered ripple-path
narrow at shore,
widens to horizon by risen sun.
Solitary floating cormorant
stretches sleek neck,
floats . . . then dives under,
resurfaces yards away.
Provincetown serenity
in the nick of time,
news cycle left behind.

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It’s Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Prompt word for today is “nick”. It must be used within the body of a poem that is exactly 44 words in length, sans title.

Photo from yesterday morning — sitting on the deck enjoying our beloved Provincetown…at the very tip of Cape Cod – just beginning our two week respite here.

42 thoughts on “Provincetown Serenity

  1. adda September 9, 2019 / 11:14 am

    Such a beautiful place to recuperate and refresh ones soul!

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  2. kanzensakura September 9, 2019 / 11:28 am

    Wonderful. I love the sounds in this. Serenity is a good thing, especially by the ocean.

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    • lillian September 9, 2019 / 1:19 pm

      It is always so beautiful here…even when it’s raining!

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:22 am

      We have beautfiul fall weather here….low 70s. There is something rejuvenating about living and sitting oceanside.

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  3. whimsygizmo September 9, 2019 / 3:07 pm

    I’m so calmed by this:
    “Sun glittered ripple-path”

    And YES, please to “news cycle left behind.”

    I love cormorants!

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:23 am

      So glad you enjoyed. It is an absolute delight to wake up, make my coffee, and take it out on the deck outside, with the ocean, literally at my feet. Glorious!

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  4. kim881 September 9, 2019 / 3:07 pm

    Provincetown looks and sounds sublime, Lill. I’ve always loved the ‘rhythmic oceanic refrain’ and I admire the phrase ‘Sun glittered ripple-path’. The solitary cormorant is a great addition to the scene.

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:25 am

      Thanks, Kim. We do absolutely love our annual two weeks here! No list of to-dos….just the ability to walk the beach, listen to the waves, sit outdoors in the beautiful 70 degree autumn weather. We used to do July here…when I was working and tied to a university schedule. That was fun too, with children running up and down the beach, families renting the beach houses nearby. But I must admit, being two of the very few people here this time of year….the quiet is divine.

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  5. sarahsouthwest September 9, 2019 / 3:07 pm

    Oh, wow. I would love to leave the news cycle behind at the moment.

    I love the sounds in this, the feeling of serenity.

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:25 am

      Thank you, Sarah. So glad you enjoyed!

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus September 9, 2019 / 3:48 pm

    A beautiful poem and message. Your excellent word-smithing has been noted. I’m a Pacific Ocean kind of guy. The Atlantic always feels like it’s on the wrong side of me as I face north.

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:27 am

      Hah! Kind of like getting up on the wrong side of the bed? I’ll take any ocean….just absolutely adore living beside it for these two weeks each year.

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  7. Beverly Crawford September 9, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    Your seaside rhymes always transport me to the shore! Beautiful.

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:28 am

      Glad to bring you along! It is truly beautiful and regenerative!

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:29 am

      Me too! It is truly a beautiful place….especially this time of year when the tourist seasonal rush has ended.

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  8. rothpoetry September 9, 2019 / 8:26 pm

    Amazing how the ocean can erase the negative vibes like the flow of the surf! Just in the nick of time… I am envious! :<)

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:33 am

      It is such a special place for us….we are so blessed to be able to come here this time of years for two weeks of tranquility, serenity….just being.

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  9. Xan September 9, 2019 / 8:47 pm

    My best friend was buried 10 days ago in Provincetown, her home-away-from-home for almost 70 years. Thank you for this timely, and all-unknowing, gift.

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:35 am

      I am so very sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful beautiful place…and I don’t know her or your beliefs, but this is truly a serene and calming place for one’s transition from this life to the next. She is one with the beautiful sound of the waves, the shore, the spirit of love so very present in Provincetown.

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  10. Sascha Darlington September 10, 2019 / 1:33 am

    So nice. I can see that one cormorant. I can feel the ease of letting go the world’s cacophony.

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:36 am

      Oh yes…..being oceanside in this special place, on the quiet end of town, is the exact opposity of cacophony! 🙂

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  11. Rob Kistner September 10, 2019 / 1:07 pm

    Hi Lillian. Nice use of the word nick in your piece. I van see that cormorant.

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:36 am

      Thanks, Rob. It is indeed a special place!

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  12. mhmp77 September 10, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    kaykuala

    floats . . . then dives under,
    resurfaces yards away.

    Fast workers and done with grace!

    Hank

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    • lillian September 11, 2019 / 8:37 am

      I love watching the cormorants from the deck…I watch them float, then dive, and try and guess where they will come up next. It is amazing how far they can travel under the water and when they pop up, they literally make me smile! 🙂

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