Poetry Friday is here!

unnamedWelcome to this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup! This is my first time hosting and I must say, when I signed up, August seemed so far away!  Yikes! Holy Speeding Summer, Batman! Regardless, I’m simultaneously delighted to be here and desperately hoping that the link up works. If it does, it’s thanks to Catherine Flynn. (Thank you! Thank you, Catherine!) If it doesn’t…well, it’s my fault, but at least I’ll have something to write about on Tuesday for Slice of Life. On a related note, please attribute any typos in this post to multiple crossed fingers.

As August flies by and the school year rushes forward, I’ve been reflecting on my summer. One of the highlights has been participating in Tabatha Yeatt’s Summer Poetry Swap. In the past I’d always been a bit intimidated by the Poetry Swap posts that were shared. Frankly, I’m still intimidated, but I’ve also been highly motivated. Even though it’s not always comfortable, that might not be a bad combination. It’s certainly pushed me to be productive, and sometimes my efforts have sparked new ideas and multiple poems.

Recently, I was working on a swap poem and really struggling. Nothing seemed to fall into place. I kept writing, discarding, revising, whining (By the way, does a whine still count as a whine even if I’m the only one around to hear it?)…at any rate, you get the idea. I finally gave up on that poem and started from scratch, creating a wholly different one to send out. But the rejected poem had other ideas and kept nudging me to finish it. So, today I’m sharing the sonnet that refused to be rejected and that I’ve been tinkering with ever since. It’s driven me a bit mad, which is more than a bit ironic, but here it is.

The Solace of the Ocean: A Sonnet

When I feel overwhelmed and tempest-tossed
and crave perspective and serenity
when life feels like a battle I have lost
I take myself to wander by the sea

‘Midst drifts of fog or dazzling rays of sun
in dawn’s soft hues or evening’s golden glow
one breath and the enchantment has begun
allegro transforms to adagio

Susurrant surf or tossing, tumbling tide
The redolence of rose in briny air
Such wonders nudge my worries to the side
a heartfelt sigh escapes my lips like prayer

And slowly as I linger and explore
I feel myself become both less and more

©2018 Molly Hogan

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Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Roundup. Don’t forget that bird lover and poet Christie Wyman at Wandering and Wondering has a challenge for next week. She’ll be hosting PF and on her post last week invited everyone to “fly along” and write a bird-related poem.

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52 thoughts on “Poetry Friday is here!

  1. […] Poetry Friday roundup is being hosted by Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone. Head over there for lots more poetry […]

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  2. Sally Murphy says:

    Oh Molly. That poem is absolutely perfect and I am so glad you worked on it. If I’d been part of the poetry swap I would swear you had written that poem just for me. Amazing. My favourite line is: Susurrant surf or tossing, tumbling tide
    because of the brilliant alliteration and the use of susurrant, but I also just adore the whole poem for its perfection.

    Thanks for sharing and for hosting. You can uncross those fingers now.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Sally! The poem felt very personal to me (part of why I discarded it as a swap poem) and I’m delighted it resonates with you as well. Wouldn’t it be lovely to walk on a beach together? Perhaps someday…

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  3. Tabatha says:

    Thanks for hosting us, Molly! You’re doing a great job 🙂 I can’t believe it’s August already either!!
    “allegro transforms to adagio” is a beautiful description.

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  4. Amy Warntz says:

    Your poem is perfect even though the struggle was real, as you stated. I’m glad it persisted.

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  5. maryleehahn says:

    Thanks for hosting! Congratulations on your first time! Love the ending of your poem!!

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  6. Molly, you’ve done a wonderful job of hosting Poetry Friday. You know, sometimes writing just takes its time. This sonnet is lovely. The ocean is all that you describe…restoration of my soul.
    This week, I’m sharing a review of the verse novel, Jazz Owls.

    https://awordedgewiselindamitchell.blogspot.com/

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  7. Gorgeous poem, it tastes of the ocean and solace that it can offer. I like your leading off with this line, it sets the mood well,
    “When I feel overwhelmed and tempest-tossed.” Thanks for hosting the Roundup, and that serene, and luscious image too!

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  8. margaretsmn says:

    I’ll be back in the morning to post my link (because I like to let my post sit a bit, settle a bit.) We are such poetry comrades! I love your sonnet and how you stuck it through, or rather it wouldn’t let you go. I’ve been there. Done that. Conquered that. Uh, well, maybe, almost. So unsure of myself as a poet. My favorite lines have to be the last two, “And slowly as I linger and explore
    I feel myself become both less and more” This is so me. And my 2018 word is Explore. Thanks for hosting.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Margaret, I know exactly what you mean about letting your post settle. It took me a while, but I’ve finally learned that I never regret waiting to post, and typically am thankful I did. Oh, and appropriately enough, my OLW for 2018 is Pause! I look forward to reading your post later.

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  9. Thanks for hosting, Molly – and for sharing these lovely images in your poem! Looks like we’re both sharing sonnets today as well as enjoying the Maine oceanside.

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  10. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, since I have been playing around with the sonnet form and put my aside, I am so impressed with what you did with yours. What a pairing of poem and photo-this would be a proud addition to my gallery for sure. I adore your alliteration and the ending is just right-so inspirational. Thanks for being such a splendid hostess. I have been itching to post my blog which is a stop the Great Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud Blog Tour.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Carol! This is my second sonnet and both of them have worked me to the bone! I find that writing within a structure forces me to really dig deep and consider what I want to say–perhaps a bit more than free verse (which is more comfortable for me). It’s also a much longer process, but such a rewarding challenge. Good luck with your sonnet!

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  11. […] Happy Poetry Friday and thanks to Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone for hosting! So much feels possible in summer. Especially in a garden. May every last summer day […]

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  12. I see I’m not alone in loving the poem, for its alliteration, word choice and message. I love the references to music, too.

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  13. […] by the way, Molly is hosting Poetry Friday today at Nix the Comfort Zone, so I hope you’ll stop by and say […]

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  14. […] be sure to visit my lovely friend Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone for the Poetry Friday […]

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  15. Yay, it worked! Thank you for hosting today, Molly. Your sonnet is breath-taking. I love every line. And, of course, your photo is stunning and complements your poem perfectly. Kudos to you for persevering!

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  16. When you are being nudged Molly, what better backdrop for your thinking than the sea. The result is a special sonnet that refused to be kept from the light. Well done you for such active listening. Thanks also for hosting. Glad I dropped by.

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  17. katswhiskers says:

    Molly, I am constantly refreshed by reading your poetry, and this is no exception. Beautifully done. Such complexity yet simplicity. I love the rich vocabulary you used so seemlessly. Adore this. (And yes – thank-you for hosting, too. But mostly, thank-you for this poem.)

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  18. haitiruth says:

    I like your sonnet very much! Thanks for hosting! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  19. judyman says:

    Lovely. Just lovely.

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  20. Brilliantly done, Molly! I’m so impressed with that sonnet. I’ve never tackled one. And “susurrant.” What a perfectly delicious word that is! Just last week my husband and I were discussing how we need to live closer to the ocean and how the sound of the surf makes us forget all of life’s woes if just for a while. It would appear the link up is working, so well done on that, too. I’m still a bit stressed about how to manage that next week. Sounds like I can tap you and Catherine! Thanks for including a reminder about my bird poem challenge!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Christie. This is my second sonnet and while I find them very challenging, I also enjoy (mostly) the process. I’m sure you’d knock it out of the park if you tried it! I’m looking forward to your hosting next week and to seeing the flock of bird poems!

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  21. […] Poetry Friday, everyone! Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone is our lovely hostess this week. I had the great good fortune to meet Molly IRL, as they say, a […]

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  22. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Thanks for hosting, Molly! I’m glad that sonnet was persistent–and that you kept listening to what it wanted to say. It is gorgeous!

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  23. Erin Mauger says:

    I guess as your blog title suggests, you’re open to pushing the boundaries. Nice sonnet. I’ve always wanted to try one but haven’t managed yet. I’ll be hosting for the first time soon, too. You’re right, time does go by quickly!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m not good at pushing boundaries, but I inspire to be so! lol I chose the title as a reminder to myself– a perpetual nudge in that direction! You’ll enjoy hosting PF –it’s fun!

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  24. I escape to Lake Michigan whenever I can, so your sonnet really struck a chord with me! I especially enjoy the alliteration (“Susurrant surf or tossing, tumbling tide”) and the satisfying ending.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks! We just spent time on a lake and enjoyed it so much! Now we’re trying to figure out how we can live on a lake, within a short commute of the ocean. Just call me greedy!

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  25. macrush53 says:

    Thank you for hosting. I’m glad you continues to work on the poem. It’s gorgeous. And this word: Susurrant.

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  26. Donna Smith says:

    So perfect an expression of time ocean side: “I feel myself become both less and more”.
    Thanks for hosting!
    Got your beautiful poetry package today!!! Hope to include it next Friday’s post if that’s okay.

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  27. Liz Steinglass says:

    What a gorgeous poem. I absolutely love the ending.

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  28. Somehow I only responded to your post in my head before… oops. Thank you for hosting – well done! – and for sharing your beautiful words. The sea is restorative to me, too. Your thoughts & images remind me of e. e. cummings’ “For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) / it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”

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