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August Evening
Tamara Madison


I will not dwell
upon the evils

of the world
while the sun

setting red
burnishes the surf

a black dog leaps
in coppery waves

sea water foams
at our feet

and the half moon
glows, a ghost

in the shore’s
wet mirror.

© by Tamara Madison.
Used with the author’s permission.



Tamara Madison is a swimmer, dog lover, and retired high school teacher of English and French. Author of a chapbook, The Belly Remembers, and two full length collections of poems, Wild Domestic and Moraine, she lives in Southern California. Learn more about Tamara at



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simple elegant beauty
Posted 08/31/2021 01:07 AM
This poem puts me at peace. Lovely.
Posted 08/30/2021 09:23 PM
A lovely moment, nicely captured!
Posted 08/28/2021 10:35 PM
Yes, the beauties of nature can stave off thoughts of the evil in the world. Lovely
Posted 08/28/2021 06:36 PM
Just what I needed today--an uplift. Thank you, Tamara. Marilyn Zelke Windau
Posted 08/28/2021 06:13 PM
Janet Leahy:
First stanza is good advise but getting more difficult by the day to do. This poem makes us more aware of the beauty all around us, the wet mirror on the shore is lovely. Thanks Tamara
Posted 08/28/2021 02:20 PM
Lori Levy:
Posted 08/28/2021 12:18 PM
Great fun. A sensitive, lyrical version of Alfred E. Neuman's "What, Me Worry?" We all need a little of this as the reality of the world infringes on us. My weekly tennis game was canceled this morning due to air quality. I can hardly see nearby hills and mountains due to smoke.
Posted 08/28/2021 10:15 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Love "coppery waves" and "ghost in the shore's wet mirror."
Posted 08/28/2021 09:09 AM
love the hope and faith in this one and the determination to remain positive in spite of everything
Posted 08/28/2021 09:09 AM
Gilbert Allen:
A fine lyric poem. Well done!
Posted 08/28/2021 09:01 AM
michael escoubas:
Colorific! Thank you Tamara.
Posted 08/28/2021 08:17 AM
Beautiful images and love the sound of the last two stanzas!
Posted 08/28/2021 07:21 AM

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