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Willows Beach
Jana Kalina


Only the crowns 

of the tallest trees


while the sun lingers

on the edge of day


and beyond,

where the earth curves —

out there, where there be dragons —

delicate shades hover 


tremble like the fingers

of heart-sick lovers 


and then, the pinks and blues alight: 

brush past mountainous peaks so swiftly

(as if) to outpace some race 

against descending dusk;


rush into valleys,

glancing for one last look

(as if) committing to eternity 

the memory of this singular moment


© by Jana Kalina.
Used with the author’s permission.

Jana Kalina lives in Victoria, on Vancouver Island. This Bohemian-born poet — with romantic heart and idealistic world view — enjoys island life with her Caribbean-Quebecer husband, especially skinny dipping in summer and harvesting wild mushrooms in the fall. 



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Beautiful poem, beautiful ending
Posted 07/29/2015 04:33 PM
Loved those dragons! A delightful poem.
Posted 07/29/2015 01:23 AM
Out there, where there be dragons -- what an amazing line ~ from a beautiful poem...
Posted 07/28/2015 12:24 PM
How beautiful! Lovely poem, and the poet's life sounds ideal as well.
Posted 07/28/2015 10:14 AM
I like the (as if)s. As if!
Posted 07/28/2015 08:39 AM
Outstanding imagery. One of the best from YDP.
Posted 07/28/2015 07:17 AM
a lovely poem about a lovely place...thanks, Jana, for reminding me of it..
Posted 07/28/2015 06:39 AM

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