Worlds Apart

Before this
brick, concrete, two hospitals,
Old West’s church steeple.
My Boston’s high-rise views.

Before this
seventh floor balcony,
city walks.
My outside.

Here, the ocean lives outside my door.
Sun rises in pastel silence.
Serenity lingers on the breeze.
I can just be.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for global poets. Today the word to use in our poem of exactly 44 words, sans title, is linger. Photos taken from our deck this morning in Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod.

27 thoughts on “Worlds Apart

  1. Grace September 20, 2021 / 3:05 pm

    A beautiful and calm scene with:

    Dawn blushes in pastel silence.
    Serenity lingers on the breeze.

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    • lillian September 20, 2021 / 3:43 pm

      It is truly wondrous here. My pen just glides across the page each morning in my journal…and the colors and scenery always changing even though I remain in the same place, observing from the same vantage point. Five more glorious days….even stormy, rainy days are beautiful here.


  2. msjadeli September 20, 2021 / 3:19 pm

    There is something about being away from concrete that sets one free. Such lovely photos of your place by the sea.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian September 20, 2021 / 3:43 pm

      Our 23rd year of renting this same unit on the very tip of Cape Cod. It never disappoints.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Gillena Cox September 20, 2021 / 3:43 pm

    Luv all the colour and becoming.

    Have a good week



    • lillian September 20, 2021 / 3:45 pm

      Five days left of our annual two weeks here. Same rental on the ocean for the past 23 years and yet the scene, the colors, the ocean and sky are always changing….even when seen from the same vantage point.


  4. Glenn A. Buttkus September 20, 2021 / 3:49 pm

    Envious of and happy for you, Lil. You have written about your Cape Cod rental many times, and the results are always wonderful; love the photos.


  5. Beverly Crawford September 20, 2021 / 4:00 pm

    Sp wpmderfi; tp jave to,e tp kist be om sicj a serene spot. Beautiful.


  6. Ali Grimshaw September 20, 2021 / 4:31 pm

    There is something about water that makes me want to linger in its calm.
    Your ending spoke to me,
    “Dawn blushes in pastel silence.
    Serenity lingers on the breeze.
    I can just be.”

    Lovely photos too.


  7. merrildsmith September 20, 2021 / 4:33 pm

    Sigh. Looking at the ocean or being at the beach is definitely an invitation to linger! Beautiful!


  8. sarahsouthwest September 20, 2021 / 4:38 pm

    How lovely to have a place where you can just “be”. Isn’t that everyone’s dream?


  9. RedCat September 20, 2021 / 5:17 pm

    That last stanza is just perfect. Draws you in to linger by the sea and just be. Lovely!


  10. rothpoetry September 20, 2021 / 5:24 pm

    Beautiful Lillian, sounds like a perfect place to linger awhile longer.


  11. calmkate September 20, 2021 / 5:49 pm

    sounds and looks truly serene, ideal location to sit and linger!


  12. lynn__ September 20, 2021 / 6:36 pm

    I must linger on this poem and your amazing photos, Lillian! Serenity calls…


  13. Tricia Sankey September 20, 2021 / 8:45 pm

    What a view! I enjoyed lingering here with you for a bit! Enjoy your time away! 😍


  14. Charlotte September 20, 2021 / 9:52 pm

    Reading your poem was a mini meditation. Lovely, both poem and pictures!


  15. Ingrid September 21, 2021 / 12:46 am

    How absolutely beautiful, Lillian, both images and words. A place I would be glad to linger!


  16. Xan September 21, 2021 / 9:05 am

    A lovely place to linger! (Although I contend that any view is one worth lingering over)


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