Serene Me

Serenity is
all I need,
a verb
 I can make be.
Serenity is bliss.

Serenity is what color?
Not raging red
nor egregious green.
Pastel me serene.

Serenity is far away,
not freedom from the storm.
Serenity is a firefly

flitting out of reach,

on and off, off and on,
reminding me.
Serenity
is a verb
 I can make be.

Today Bjorn is hosting MTB (Meet the Bar) at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. He prompts us to “use the google autocomplete functionality as a trigger to create lists to trigger poems . . . for instance what happens when I try to google ‘love is.’” In this case, I googled Serenity is… The lines italicized in the poem are some that came up with my query.
Photo is from last year’s visit to our beloved Provincetown: no photoshopping…the sky looked like this! Color me serene.

51 thoughts on “Serene Me

  1. kim881 October 8, 2020 / 3:19 pm

    Just the words ‘serene’ and ‘serenity’ calm me, Lill, and this is a truly calming poem. I especially love the use of colour in:
    ‘Not raging red
    nor egregious green.
    Pastel me serene.’

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:36 am

      Yes….I think in the US these few remaining weeks before our election I need to say the serenity prayer often, and the words “serene me” — Let us hope for a CHANGE in the oval office!

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:37 am

      It’s Monday and I’m just getting to reading everyone’s posts for this wonderful challenge, and to reading the replies to mine. It’s the first morning I’m feeling much more like myself! Breathing easy…pneumonia is no fun! Thank you for asking, Linda 🙂 and Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      • Linda Lee Lyberg October 12, 2020 / 11:55 am

        That’s wonderful Lillian- so happy to hear that! ❤️

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  2. msjadeli October 8, 2020 / 3:34 pm

    I like the word serenity and how you created a definition around it. My favorite lines:
    “Serenity is a firefly
    flitting out of reach,
    on and off, off and on,
    reminding me.”

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:39 am

      Smiling I am….when I saw that definition in the list, serenity is a firefly, I really stopped to think about it. Took me a bit to connect with it. Glad you liked that part!

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  3. Phillip Knight Scott October 8, 2020 / 3:42 pm

    How lovely! Grab serenity while you can.

    I misread the title initially as “Serenity Me” which I thought was a pretty great request.

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:40 am

      Yup. That’s what the title was supposed to be and I mistyped. Wanted to use it as a verb in the title….slip of the fingers on the old keyboard.

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:40 am

      Thank you, Bjorn. I really enjoyed this prompt!

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  4. sanaarizvi October 8, 2020 / 3:51 pm

    Oh Lillian this is such a wonderfully tranquil and stunning write! 💝 I especially love; “Serenity is a firefly flitting out of reach.” 🙂

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:40 am

      Thank you, Sanaa. It was a fun prompt and so fun to see all the different posts motivated by it!

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  5. Lucy October 8, 2020 / 4:08 pm

    Beautiful, Lillian, beautiful! I love how serene this is! 😉

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus October 8, 2020 / 4:57 pm

    I wrote about truth, which can be as fleeting as serenity.Some fine word-smithing here. I, too, calmed down as I reread your words aloud; smile.

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:42 am

      Thank you, Glenn. Yes….we could all use a bit of serenity as we wend our way through these last twenty-something days before the election!

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  7. Grace October 8, 2020 / 6:12 pm

    A verb, putting it to action. And that photo is gorgeous. Color me serene too!

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:43 am

      Thank you, Grace. No photoshopping or color changing on the photo….we stood on the deck in Provincetown in awe!!!

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  8. hank77 October 8, 2020 / 8:11 pm

    kaykuala

    on and off, off and on,
    reminding me.
    Serenity
    is a verb I can make be.

    Serenity can best make it possible for creativity. It provides peace of mind to think straight. Great wordcraft Lillian!

    Hank

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  9. rothpoetry October 8, 2020 / 9:11 pm

    I love the feeling of this poem. Very good choice of list word group. I love the serenity of fireflies, and butterflies, and flowers swaying in the wind.

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:44 am

      Ah yes….standing in the midst of nature, in a quiet space…awe inspiring and serene indeed!

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  10. Tricia Sankey October 8, 2020 / 10:29 pm

    I love the word “serenity” for it evokes the all the warm fuzzies of the poem and picture. I want to flit away with the firefly there! 🙂

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:45 am

      Yes….I’m reminding myself of this every day as our election approaches. Serenity — meditate — calm is good for the soul as is the phrase, “Expect the best.”

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:46 am

      I’ve always enjoyed verbifying! 🙂

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  11. -Eugenia October 9, 2020 / 2:03 pm

    “pastel me serene” – a beautiful line. Lovely and soothing piece!

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  12. robtkistner October 9, 2020 / 3:00 pm

    I got a late start on this one but now I’m getting a chance to read everyone’s work. Lillian great job fashioning a poem out of Google.

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:47 am

      Thank you. I”m late to the replying and reading everyone’s posts as I’ve been a bit “under the weather” but coming out of it now.

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  13. anthonyborderline October 10, 2020 / 4:10 am

    So good poem from beginning to the full circle at the end, I mean you tied it neatly returning to the beginning and “Serenity is a verb I can make be.”.
    Also, “pastel me serene”, thanks for that smile, almost laughter!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Misky October 10, 2020 / 9:39 am

    Green serene. So true, isn’t it? Lovely poem.

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:48 am

      Glad you enjoyed, my dear! 🙂

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  15. Helen Dehner October 10, 2020 / 2:24 pm

    Serenity …. we all seek it, illusive at best. Your beautiful poem provided it … thank you.

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    • lillian October 12, 2020 / 11:48 am

      What a wonderful comment to see….thank you!

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