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Where I Live

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Where I Live

In a tropical place, the climate
becomes a way of being
Fruits and flowers on shirts and dresses,
breakfasts of bananas.
pineapple flavoured passions
of afternoon,
pathways to the moon on evening seas
coconut milk tipped waves at dawn
palms tilting horizons, gulls gliding
the edge of time 

Yet- where I live does not define me 

Not like the timeless, Irish dairymen who-
rain or shine- milk cows  they
 could easily set their clocks by 
Here on this perfect stretch of sand- 
I am rootless - envious
of those who have never moved 
I feel puppetized by modern life
A little schitzoid - liking where I am,
hearing the voices, while 
a part of me pines
for pastoral beginnings. 

 Suzanne Delaney

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 11:37:00 PM
    Voices are good. They've gotten a bad rap. I don't hear them often, but I don't want to stop listening. Sounds like you are in some kind of paradise. I shoveled snow for most of my life until I discovered California! :-) Home is where the voices are.

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 3:47:00 PM
    Hello Suzanne, I have read your poem a number of times now and it delights my heart, you have some fantastic lines that have drawn me in ........... (pathways to the moon on evening seas coconut milk tipped waves at dawn palms tilting horizons, gulls gliding the edge of time)............. to the whole sceen you have painted so lovely with words. Well done , I look forward to reading more of your works. Thank you for sharing.

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/12/2013 5:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am so happy you enjoyed this...the delight to every writer is an appreciative reader.Nice to meet you, also, SuZ
  1. Date: 4/12/2013 5:17:00 AM
    Oh my, Suzanne..In most of my comments I try to pick out a favorite line, but in this case...I can so identify with this...I have moved from place to place most of my life...I live in a small town in South Louisiana now and I often envy those simple country folk who have lived their entire lives in the same house, many of which have been passed down from their parents, and even grand-parents...

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/12/2013 3:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I so agree with you, Tim: That is where this poem bubbled from. I have moved around so much I wonder how differently I would have turned out if I had been sheltered and raised in the same house since birth. I know this much I have an incredible source of experiences from which to draw on for writing....perhaps that must be my consolation. SuZ
  1. Date: 4/12/2013 3:39:00 AM
    Such a master of words are you. I enjoyed this piece. Rick

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/12/2013 3:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello Rick: Now you have me blushing...shy laugh SuZ
  1. Date: 4/12/2013 1:16:00 AM
    DEAR SuZ, What a Wonderful Place YOU live in Haweii right! Two states I have not been to, Haweii and Alaska. I grew up in Mass.Foster care so I Pine for nowhere. Great Pen I LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Spirit Patient, POET...Harry - Soup Mail Call

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/12/2013 3:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Harry: There are so many beautiful places to see. When you are actually there all the other senses kick in and you feel what it is really like. Sometimes it feels right and you stay. Love you always and forever,too. Your spirit nurse, 24/7 SuZ
  1. Date: 4/12/2013 1:00:00 AM
    Beautifully written, Suz. Reminds me of "The Tropics in New York" of Claude McKay which longs for the opposite - returning to the islands. Have a great day! David

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/12/2013 3:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi David: A lot of people that move here cannot adjust...they just want to play all the time. We call it 'going tropo.'