Jennifer Malden's Mediterranean August is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week!

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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:


mediterranean august

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.


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jennifer Malden

Tue 7th Aug 2018 17:11

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Was quite incredulous, but immensely gratified! Had a minor family crisis do didn't realise it was POTW until about 10 days later. Thanks again all. Jennifer

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Sun 15th Jul 2018 19:20

Congratulations! Your eloquent words carried me to Sardinia. A really lovely poem.

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Chris Armstrong

Sat 14th Jul 2018 20:12

Really enjoyed the imagery - as Greg says, a heady mix of images which evoke the med. so well. Beautiful!

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Andy N

Fri 13th Jul 2018 22:31

nice poem. enjoyed (:

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suki spangles

Wed 11th Jul 2018 11:52

A psychedelicised postcard. Imagery just wonderful, and beautifully composed.

Congratulations Jennifer!


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Martin Elder

Tue 10th Jul 2018 14:40

Wow this is a real mouth watering and evocative mix of colour language and sheer delight. Sounds like a wonderous haven. Beautiful

Congratulations with POTW

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keith jeffries

Tue 10th Jul 2018 10:25

Congratulations indeed for this delightful poem which is so rich in its descriptive vocabulary. Your words draw us to such a place not to mention the cuisine. Very well done and thank you.

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Greg Freeman

Mon 9th Jul 2018 23:20

I enjoyed this very much, Jennifer. A heady succession of images, including those gathered from the depths of the sea.

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Mon 9th Jul 2018 20:02

Congratulations Jennifer!

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Mon 9th Jul 2018 13:49

The only thing missing here is the ghost of Allan Whicker Jennifer. Then we could only dream of such tasty delights, but today for a mere click we have been spoiled rotten, A real treat read whilst uncomfortably seeking coolness - your poem contains all known alternatives to English suburban sultry summer.
Congratulations on POTW !


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