Thursday, October 21, 2010

Poets and Poems - Neal Whitman

Ode to the Monterey Peninsula

We love…

to stand on Lovers Point in the early morning
   watching when the waves break
   how water droplets rise to form fleeting rainbows.
to walk by Hawk Tower in the early evening
   imagining Robinson Jeffers atop
   as he waits for the rise of Orion over Carmel Bay.
to sit on the Old Monterey Wharf
   spooning seafood chowder in bread bowls
   while we wait for our whale watching charter.
to sip wine in a Carmel Valley tasting room
   the world looking better
   through bottled poetry.
to picnic on Point Lobos at China Cove
   half-cursing that seagull who steals
   half a tuna sandwich right out of my hand.
to sit by the Carmel River
   listening to the symphonic river run
   as water moves over its pebbled bed.
But, most of all,  we love to meet tourists
   vowing "Some day we will make this our home."

   As we once said. And did.

Poem by Neal Whitman
Photograph by Elaine Whitman, "Asilomar Sunset, Pacific Grove"

If you would like to participate in this series, send a photo of yourself composing a poem or writing or a picture of a location where you enjoy writing, along with one of your poems (the type/genre of poem doesn't matter). This series will allow us to see the various locations that inspire us or where we go to write.


Anonymous said...

Neal, reading this poem is like taking a mini vacation, and your wife's photography enhances that effect even moreso. Love it!

Peggy Heinrich said...

Thanks for the journey, Neil & Elaine, both poetry (some familiar, some not)and the beautiful photo.
Peggy Heinrich

Terri L. French said...

all I can say is "ahhhhhhh." What more needs to be said? : )

snowbird said...

It takes a special person to make dreams a reality and the reality into poetry.... Thanks for sharing the dream.

Karina Klesko said...

Neal, You have appealed to all the senses. It brought the location alive, as if we were all there with you. What a beautifully crafted poem to experience.

Karina Klesko