Monday, 11 June 2012


One perfect evening

I remember
one perfect evening
last summer
afloat on the river

our boat
hull shining blue
tied to her mooring
drifting with flow


Perceuil river
sheltered peaceful
burgee fluttering
shrouds rattling music

tidal with river
contra directions
high, low tides
water is mistress

pair of swans knocking
using their beaks
polite but insistent
grunting together

warm air wafting
gentle caressing
surface rippling
concentric circles

egrets flapping
into tree tops
settling resting
tranquil repose

listening now
the end of the day
nothing is moving
swathed by the silence

light merging
with night
all is subdued
world sleeps 'til the morn

28 comments:

Simone de Klerk said...

Wonderful words, to dream away with on this rainy afternoon with thunder.

the cuby poet said...

Simone de Klerk: It really was as good as this. No rain here today yet.

Ola said...

refreshing-maybe it's a wrong word but first thing that came to my mind!


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the cuby poet said...

Ola: Thank you.

Chris Benjamin said...

deceptively simple, takes me adrift.

the cuby poet said...

Chris Benjamin: Simple pleasure remembered with detail.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sounds romantic.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Lovely, Cuby.

the cuby poet said...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm: It was just that!

the cuby poet said...

Welshcakes: Thank you.

Mitchell is Moving said...

Sounds like heaven.

Yvonne said...

A lovely atmospheric evening captured well. The fact that the swans grunted adds a touch of reality and contrasts well with the silence and the ripples.

the cuby poet said...

Mitchell is moving: Certainly was!

the cuby poet said...

Yvonne: So pleased you could get the feeling of this time.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous poem. I don't think there's anything more peaceful than being by or on the water at sundown.. The day is winding down --and there's a stillness and peace in the air. AWESOME.
Hugs,
Betsy

the cuby poet said...

Betsy from Tennessee: Pleased you liked this one.

Denise said...

Oh that's absolutely lovely!

the cuby poet said...

Denise: Pleased you liked this one. It really was as perfect as this.

CherryPie said...

It sounds idyllic :-)

the cuby poet said...

CherryPie; It really was.

upwoods said...

"One perfect evening". Ahhhh...one perfect poem, Claire.

the cuby poet said...

upwoods: Oh Kathy this evening was wonderful Thanks for the compliment.

Jenny said...

Lovely poem. I really felt the gentle movement of the water.

the cuby poet said...

Jenny: So glad you could enjoy it with me.

Viola said...

You are just great! :)

the cuby poet said...

Viola: Thanks.:)

Doris said...

I saw egrets for the first time when I sailed up the Fal many moons ago. I love them.

the cuby poet said...

Doris: Egrets,so ungainly yet such a delight.