I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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27 November 2016

The Peaceful Place

I will go to Kouranga
perhaps for the last time,
to look out over the trees,
the lawns, the hills, the water.

Perhaps for the last time
I'll sit with my friends 
in this house they made,

to look out over the trees
from their wide veranda. Perhaps 
we'll see the wallabies feeding.

The lawns, the hills, the water
and the gardens, all flowering now,
remain certain: an oasis I carry within.

(My friends are moving soon.)



































Linked to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #333

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful, with just that touch of sadness about temporary things...regrets, but just a few...

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  2. Lovely offering. Sounds like a magical place.

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  3. Lovely offering of words and scenes

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  4. This is just so beautiful..........what a glorious spot. Wonderful photos! It must be hard for your friends to move from such a heavenly place. Hope their new place offers equal joys. I can feel the reverie in your poem, Rosemary. Just lovely.

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    1. Their new place is very nice – and will need a lot less work to maintain.

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  5. Oh, I needed this today, Rosemary! A beautiful combination of nostalgia and peacefulness!! Enjoyed the kangaroo in the photo. Smiles.

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    1. Well, it's really a wallaby. Smiles back. (Kangaroos are bigger.)

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  6. A gorgeous poem Rosemary...I was about to write on my kangaroo find when I noticed Wallaby in your comment to Mary and I had to google for wallaby...the world is so full of surprises...

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  7. Drink it in, drink deeply. Enjoy the Solstice with all its mystery and companionship. What we love is oasis, indeed.

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  8. A wonderful place, but also a reminder of how things changes. The good thing is to note it and make it a treasured memory before it is too late.

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  9. What a delight of a place, Rosemary. I love the idea of carrying an oasis inside, ready to quench our thirst for something wonderful.

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  10. Nothing hurts more than to see the beautiful lanscapes we love being changed and losing their appeal. I've lived in South Australia for over 50 years and some of the places of most loved memories have now disappeared.

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  11. A reminder that everything's temporary. The first stanza is so poignant.. it can be even about life in general.

    Happy Holidays Rosemary

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  12. It feels as if that peaceful place will be held inside - it is sobering to think of last times... i hope every moment was enjoyed..particularly seeing the wallabies

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  13. "an oasis I carry within." what a beautiful offering
    Happy Sunday


    much love...

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  14. What beautiful photos! The last 5 lines of the poem are my favorites.

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  15. Wow, what a gorgeous place! Love the photos and poem. So peaceful indeed.

    Happy Holidays from Loredana at Magic of Words:

    https://magicofwordsblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/tonight-i-dream/

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  16. Very tender and true Rosemary - a letting go... And yet an treasured oasis of time and social times with friends always carried within - A beautiful read... Thank you With Best Wishes Scott

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  17. The ending is absolutely beautiful

    an oasis I carry within.

    may it always be so Rosemary, a lovely Sunday read

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  18. an oasis indeed! and imagine wild animals on your lawn. :)

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  19. Lovely piece of writing, nice photos too.

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  20. Yes, a lovely write, a place of peace, thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

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  21. Oh. How hard it must be to leave such a beautiful place. But glad you got to enjoy it. Lovely writing here Rosemary.

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  22. While there is definitely a sense of loss, there also seems to be a small understated joy in getting to see these special things one last time and tuck them away in the oasis of your heart.

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  23. Your pictures, for me, wrapped it all up wonderfully.
    ZQ

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  24. There is a longing in your words, that is deepened with the photos. Can feel your sense of loss. Beautiful write, Rosemary,

    Elizabeth

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  25. This is lovely and evocative. It has a wonderful eat-of-a-grand-novel vibe to it that is so eloquent and yet, rather wistful ... beautiful writing.

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  26. an oasis I carry within..love that...memories to treasure.

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