End of the European Adventure

Café umbrellas blooming (sunny days);

the gabled houses leaning eave to eave;

these lofty steeples watching maze-like ways

and cobbled fountain squares—how can I leave?

The castles standing lonely, hillsides strewn

with sheep; the mountains’ shawls of mist and snow;

the rustic doorways framing stars and moon

and shadowed cypress, olive groves below;

medieval city walls and Roman baths

in crumbled ruins; art and music born

and raised sublime; the bird- and brook-sung paths

through ancient forests—oh! for these I’ll mourn,

for now it’s time to turn and time to pack.

(I’ll nurture dreams for joyful journey back.)

27 thoughts on “End of the European Adventure”

    1. Thank you, Stacie. I have so many wonderful pictures in my mind–and also on my computer, for when the mind fails. 😉


  1. Oh gorgeous! I love how you break your lines, how you don’t feel the need to end a sentence or phrase at the end of the line. It feels so natural. Beautiful.

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  2. This is amazing, for all the reasons Christine mentioned. I’m very impressed – great rhymes and it sounds and feels so natural. I like the bracketed thoughts, too. As for leaving such a beautiful place, I feel your yearning (because you communicate it so well *and* because I still feel that way a year after my month in South Africa).

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    1. Thank you so much. I wish now I’d titled it European Love Poem, ’cause that’s what it is. BUT also, I think I’m sonneted out for now. 🙂

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    1. Yes! I tried so hard to make it “half-timbered houses,” but it just wouldn’t scan. Maybe next time, for the un-sonnet version. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Kymm. Some of my favorite memories involve remote ruined castles with my kids running around the open spaces and the unfazed sheep grazing on these incredibly steep hillsides.

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