Harbour – quadrille for dVerse

Curved arm walls
gentle sea, still wind –
so rest here,
in this harbour –
moon be your lantern,
wave be your pillow –
sleep peaceful,
where stars hang deep
in mirror water,
and mackerel sparkle
in high arching sky –
breathe in,
breathe out,
be the tide.

 

Lillian is hosting Quadrille Night at the dVerse bar tonight. Come and join us – we’re quadrilling harbours tonight. 

27 thoughts on “Harbour – quadrille for dVerse

  1. Wish you were sitting right next to me so you could have heard the very audible “ohhhhh” and sigh that escaped my lips at end of reading your poem. This is wonderful! Waves as my pillow…moon as my lantern ….
    breathe in,
    breathe out,
    be the tide,
    The wonderful shortness of these three lines….they become the tide moving in and out…I am the reader and I am lulled into the gentleness with your pacing, images, and words here. Just a lovely lovely post to the prompt!

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  2. Lovely lullaby indeed–your close is so Zen and killer. One cannot emerge from this read still agitated, for it is calming to even the most turbulent of souls; smile.

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  3. Oh, your words make me feel at peace. I love this wonderful harbor with such comforting images and sensations — the lantern moon, the wave pillow, mirror water, et al. have such a restful touch to them. The last three lines say it all.
    -HA

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  4. When I read your quadrille the first time, Sarah, the picture that came into my head was of Mousehole Harbour in Cornwall and then the children’s book The Mousehole Cat, one of my favourite picture-story books. When I read it again, the lines
    ‘Curved arm walls
    gentle sea, still wind –
    so rest here’
    brought my grandmother to mind. She was always a source of comfort to me.
    I love the gorgeous imagery in:,
    ‘moon be your lantern,
    wave be your pillow’
    and
    ‘…stars hang deep
    in mirror water,
    and mackerel sparkle
    in high arching sky’.
    I wish I’d read it last night before I went to bed…

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