Protected Beauty

Written for Margo Roby’s Poem Tryouts:  “Wide Open Spaces”
Wherever you are, picture a landscape, or several landscapes, and jot notes on how you feel, or what you think, about those scapes.
Do you try to escape civilization or to make peace with it? 

Sunset, Lake

To linger in a lull
of land and lake–
unspoiled beauty
unending peace,
with vibrance of violets,
green grasses framing
pale blue glass,
sunset lighting
snow-capped mountains–
I find space around me
freeing, but not free-
floating because I have
the protection of trees
and mountains hugging me.

When I have returned
from a solitary space
and state of mind,
to a populated place
where people and buildings
are in the forefront,
and nature is in the background,
it is like a jolt
of electricity, taking
days to re-adapt
to the lack of freedom.
But, that space rests
in my mind.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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6 Responses to Protected Beauty

  1. So perfectly captured ❤ !!


  2. Lovely images and so true.


  3. margo roby says:

    Well, wow. The poem moves with beauty and passion. I love the whole but especially the opening and closing two lines.


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