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Sunday Afternoon at Lake Poway
by
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer


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Wall Street, Washington, and wars don't exist
on this day that's pure perfection.
Those of us who passed up a nap, a ballgame, a tryst,
who decided the term paper/laundry/brake job could wait,
have received a princely reward.
September sun glints off rowboats drifting past,
warms the rocks on tawny hills that rise around us,
streaks the emerald grass with olive shadows.
Charmed, we stroll benignly on the sand,
cast lazy fishing lines in cobalt ripples,
trade treats for tricks with bombastic, greedy ducks,
sit sated with the beauty and the bliss.
Here, Monday seems miles away;
world peace seems possible.


by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
Used with the author's permission.

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Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of four books of poetry and a nonfiction book about games. She speaks frequently at chuches, schools, and writing-related events and her work has appeared in hundreds of publications. Jayne is the founder and editor of YourDailyPoem.com and enjoys reading, music, old movies, gardening, hiking, and good conversation. A native Floridian, Jayne has lived in Greenville, South Carolina, for more than 20 years. Learn more about her at www.jaynejaudonferrer.com.

 

 

 


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ghctenmile@earthlink.net:
Thank you, Jayne. It's nice to see your words online for us all to read.
Posted 10/01/2018 03:13 PM
Jo:
Thank you for reminding us that we all have days like this stashed away. Today, gloomy-grey in WI, I am now soaked in your sun. Lovely, Jayne.
Posted 09/30/2018 08:01 PM
Stephen Anderson:
Amen!
Posted 09/30/2018 04:14 PM
Lori Levy:
A beautiful scene. I totally identify with this poem.
Posted 09/30/2018 03:00 PM
Jean Colonomos:
"...we stroll benignly..." Thank you for calling this up.
Posted 09/30/2018 11:04 AM
peninsulapoet:
Thank you. I need that day.
Posted 09/30/2018 11:04 AM
DavidTookey:
"..we stroll benignly on the sand..." The memories of walks on the beaches of Oregon are flooding back! Wonderful.
Posted 09/30/2018 10:43 AM
Glen Sorestad:
O so nicely done, Jayne.
Posted 09/30/2018 10:20 AM
CamilleBalla:
Very skillfully and creatively written, polarization coming full circle from first to last lines. The alliteration is appreciated as are the vivid images of lazy fishing lines as you sit sated with the beauty and the bliss. Excellent poem as is the memory for you. Thanks for sharing with us.
Posted 09/30/2018 09:59 AM
cork:
In my in-box, this poem is surrounded by world news. Thank you for the brief escape from so much tragedy.
Posted 09/30/2018 09:49 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I loved this poem. The alliteration, bold description and beautiful language take me back to Sunday afternoons at Lake Poway when I lived in San Diego.
Posted 09/30/2018 09:28 AM
Gilbert Allen:
My favorite lines describe that distinctive September light.
Posted 09/30/2018 09:26 AM
Nabby Dog:
Among so many beautiful lines I find the last one to be the most poignant and moving. A beautiful poem and one that will resonate with me throughout this final day of September.
Posted 09/30/2018 09:13 AM
fer:
Indeed a lovely way to end September. And a good time to thank you, Jayne, for bringing YourDailyPoem back. It returned on the first day of my birthday month, and I have celebrated every day since. You are cherished.
Posted 09/30/2018 08:01 AM
michael escoubas:
Oh! If it were only so. How delightful and how the world stands in need of just such a thought. Thank you, Jayne!
Posted 09/30/2018 07:48 AM
Larry Schug:
I don't know if I'd pass up the tryst! The circle created in this work is done quite skillfully. The beautiful images in this poem transport me to some other place.
Posted 09/30/2018 06:37 AM


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