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Below is the poem entitled PEACE which was written by poet Sidney Beck. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Bergs dot the ocean, even  in June,  and 
Thick  fogs  clothe the Labrador shore early each morning.
The sea ice rocks slowly in the harbor from wind and sun. 
As  I roast my fish on the warming gravel beach
The air grows clear and crystalline for  miles to the horizon
And  I  hear only
The seagull cries
Over the lone level water  
And tumbling streams laughing  their way over mossed boulders old as time,
Streams known only  to me and the fish.

We know the splendor of  the yellow arctic poppy in bloom in the long days of July,  
The wild goose arrowing south high above the shore before the sun-dogs of October,
And the incandescent rainbow of the aurora in bloom in January.  

Polar bears hunt ringed seals along the coast, whales  call in the bay,  
And caribou herds migrate to their calving grounds among 
The ankle-deep turf of tundra with mushrooms in an abundance of sizes and colours,
Bilberry, red mountain cranberry, and crowberry, which bears graze  in late summer. 
There is life here  -  and pristine growth, primeval   and pure.
I need only a simple cabin - black spruce for walls and white birch bark for roof,  
And a boat  -  and my trap line  mended.

And I shall have peace here
Among  the evening green and white of this cold coast
With unnamed  summer streams running warm into unnamed bays and hidden coves  
Between high  cliffs rising  straight from the sea,  
Their wind-   and wave-scoured faces looking  straight east over the foggy Atlantic. 

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  1. Date: 7/28/2013 10:20:00 AM
    A stunning setting of perfect peace. Outstanding imagery put me right in the scene. Love this line : "There is life here - and pristine growth, primeval and pure."

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 9:15:00 AM
    I am viewing a wonderful painting of a world so different than my own. To feel the chill come off of the ocean, would be so refreshing on this hot summer day....thank you for giving me this breath of fresh air, Syd. Loved it !!

  1. Date: 7/16/2013 12:07:00 PM
    - Sidney, ohhh so beautiful and peaceful you have described this poem (7) - It gave the impression. - Thank you. -oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

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    Date: 7/16/2013 1:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you are very kind to say how much you liked my poem and i truly appreciate your support.........with all my very best wishes...Syd