Both

Some are drawn to the windswept sands of the coast.
Others prefer the mysterious, clouded beauty of the mountain side.
As if there is a choice to be made.
As if natural features can be rated and sorted into categories of appeal.
But not I.

I have no such preference.
I am blind to the separation in the landscape.
My eyes take in the beauty and wildness and flaws that exist in each.
I love their differences and commonalities.
Like the birds that fly from forest to shore, I am sustained by either one.

So don't be cruel enough to make me choose.
Don't forget that a landscape can rest in the imagination long after a person leaves.
No.
Let me linger in both places.
Let me lie down and surrender to the beauty I have witnessed in each.

I will stick my feet in the sand, 
and breathe the cool mountain air
all at once.
So that a piece of me will remain in coast and in mountain, and they in me -
to pulse in my veins like the waves and capture my mind like the mountain mist.
Only then, perhaps you will see...
I am able to love them, 
Both.

 

Dedicated to Big Sal, Hazel, Rick, Rose, Anya, Darren, Taylor and all those who continue to encourage and inspire daily.

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Colin Hill

Sun 23rd Sep 2018 09:15

fine words - a writer's mind should be like an open window with a limitless view onto a varied landscape that has no horizon . . .

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Jane Briganti

Sat 22nd Sep 2018 12:48

Eloquently said and so very true! The miracles of nature cannot be separated! Really beautiful!💖

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Rose Casserley

Sat 22nd Sep 2018 11:46

thank's for the thank's Kate, but hey who wouldn't want to inspire your fantastic writings


because.......you and they are well deserving of them!




Rose 💋

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 22nd Sep 2018 07:43

Lovely, and great piece and thank you!!!

Cheers


DJB

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Taylor Crowshaw

Fri 21st Sep 2018 18:03

Oh Kate..This poem gave me goosebumps..I was born and brought up by the sea..but I have lived in rural Ireland for the last 25 years. There is no separation for me either. I love the sea but am drawn to forests too..absolutely fabulous poetry.. and thank you..😘

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Jon Stainsby

Fri 21st Sep 2018 17:20

So true. Love it.

Jon xx

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Hannah Collins

Fri 21st Sep 2018 16:06

I love poems about landscapes and places, and so true, a landscape can live in our mind, even more than reality.

Hannah

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Tapashree Roy

Fri 21st Sep 2018 15:42

Very romantic! A rarity these days (?) and a refreshing read.

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Anya

Fri 21st Sep 2018 15:22

Fantastic!!! Thank you Kate!!! 😘😘😘

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Big Sal

Fri 21st Sep 2018 13:59

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful piece of poetry Kate. Thank you by the way. Even before I read the post script, I still felt the 2nd line hit the chest and resonate deeply. I love the mountains, and I love poetry.

Excellent ma'am.🌷

(Mountains exist to write about.)
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