The Long Dry – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lillian is hosting Poetics with an invitation to choose two or more provided song titles to use in a poem.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Come Sing With Me

I have chosen two titles:

A Long December (Counting Crows)

Let It Go (Idina Menzel)

Photo: Ocean Beach near Denmark, Western Australia.

“Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.” Yoko Ono

The Long Dry

There's no steeling oneself for a long December,
the time when the long dry commences
and only a brave cloud would dare to mar the sky,
while gum leaves are leathered and turned
to the cicada chorale coursing the thermals,
with faint stirrings of Matilda dancing,
infused with a waft of sea and a splash of sun
which crusts the earth and fills me along with a
tease of rosemary, lavender,  or jasmine,
there's no need to steel oneself,
no time for winter's sorrow,
only time to let it go for summer's halcyon days.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under beach, life, passion, poem, quote, seasons

26 responses to “The Long Dry – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love the sensory imagery in this one.

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  2. VJ

    Interesting to read how different your Winters are. Well described.

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  3. Your poem exudes Australia! Love the imagery….most especially I like these words: “while gum leaves are leathered and turned” I can just see them. I like the optimism in the last three lines!

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  4. Margaret Schaff Bednar

    Great quote by Yoko. I’m there with the brave clouds and Cicada chorus!

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  5. “cicada chorale coursing the thermals,” I can almost hear it!


  6. I heard that Matilda is one heck of a dancer.

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  7. So appealing to the senses and the flow is lovely.

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  8. Heck yes, Paul. Sounds very inviting.

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  9. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely breathtaking, Paul! 😀 I especially love; “only a brave cloud would dare to mar the sky, while gum leaves are leathered.” Yes! ❤❤

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  10. So very different December… but maybe I read that too warm is not good either.

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  11. Matilda dancing sounds like she would brighten up any winter….

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  12. This flows beautifully, Paul, and I love the scents you used to make it so vivid.

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  13. lync56

    Beautiful poem – ahh those beautiful summer days


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