Jennifer Malden's Mediterranean August is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week!
Jennifer Malden lives in Italy and, apparently, loves it there, in particular Sardinia. That wonderful Mediterranean air and lifestyle have clearly given her the freedom and head-space to write this week’s Write Out Loud Poem of the Week: Mediterranean August.
I don’t know about you, but after checking out the notes on Jennifer’s Write Out Loud biography about life in Italy and then reading this beautifully evocative poem, I am all set to move across the channel to find peace, happiness and fulfilment! We have the sun in the UK at the moment, but what about the easy-going national temperament and cheap, locally produced wine? A plate of olives for lunch today methinks…
Congratulations to Jennifer, and here is the selected poem:
by jennifer Malden
Hot curry scent of helichrysum
rosemary, myrtyle and lavender
flaunting scarlet bougainvillea
darkly shadowed by umbrella pines.
Colourful butterfly windsurf sails
zigzagging across the turquoise bay
watched through dark glasses.
Small orange and cobalt fishing boats
riding motionless on glittering
flawless transparent emerald glass.
Golden sunbaked body lying limp
facing an opaque pewter sea
hopefully waiting for an evening breeze.
Setting out after crimson sunset
expectant with engine chugging
and fierce steel hooks cruelly baited.
Rocking over depths under the moon
bent on a mysterious treasure hunt.
Hauling in strange writhing, wriggling shapes
appearing from secret haunts below
sliding, slithering, slipping, gasping
conger, moray, scorpion and bass.
Then some evening excitement sought
with bronzed shoulders bared for display.
Gaudycoloured iceclinking liquid
in tall frosted glasses on little tables
with dark admiring faces glancing.
Fine scents of strange creatures cooking
clinking plates and hunger satisfied.
After, lying out under the stardome
with the silent sweep of great owl wings
and the softly crashing lacy breakers
lulling us to sleep until first light.