So Serene – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sarah is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write an Ekphrastic poem based on the art work of her late friend and painter Fay Collins.

dVerse :Poets – Poetics – Fay Collins Revisited

Painting: ‘Floating – Seaweed’ (courtesy of) Fay Collins

“There’s never an end for the sea.” Samuel Beckett

So Serene

So serene,
the gentleness of blue on blue, 
that old exchange between sea and sky
speaking soft whispers to me,
though energy pervades the horizon
as clouds gather ready to bear change,
might it, or might it not rain today or
tomorrow, will the sound of wind cover 
everything to a deafness, and I cannot 
decide whether the foreground wall of 
rock entertains a break as gate or lure,
but either way danger lurks, and yet, 
through it all Collins has kept a peace
that holds in the languid seaweed 
floating in quiet confidence to which 
I feel invited.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under awareness, beach, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

30 responses to “So Serene – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Yes! You captured the suspended moment, like the seaweed held forever just beneath the surface.

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  2. This was a great poem 🙂

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  3. I love how this poem ends. I felt the invitation to serenity.

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  4. I love this – so many beautiful phrases – but it’s the overall feel, the gaze you hold and we share, and the sense of tranquility, of movement stilled.

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  5. danadampier

    I too feel invited to experience the beauty you’ve described!

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  6. I feel invited too…beautiful.

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  7. Is it a “gate or lure”? Yet the invitation stands.

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  8. A vacation get-a-way to places that people don’t typically go. I want to visit this place you created in my mind!

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  9. sanaarizvi

    I so love the choice of painting and felt the invitation too! Exquisitely woven! 💝💝

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  11. You’ve really captured the sublime serenity of the painting here, Paul!

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