Thursday, August 27, 2009

Poetry Friday

This week's poem is an original that I wrote when I was a senior in high school. I enjoyed my 20th high school reunion last weekend (see post two below this one), and I thought it was appropriate to post a poem from that time of 1989.
For my senior spring break, I was fortunate enough to go on a trip with three friends and my best friend's parents. My BFF's parents rented a sailboat complete with captain and cook, and we got to come along for the ride. We each paid for airfare to the Virgin Islands (actually my grandma was kind enough to pay for mine), and they took care of the rest. It was so wonderful and generous of them to share such a special trip! So we lived on the sailboat and sailed the Caribbean for a week. A wonderful, memorable, picturesque week.
I've always thought this trip would make a great setting for a YA book. Maybe someday I will tackle it, and write a book about four girls on spring break on a sailboat.

Here's the sailboat. Its name was the Southern Cruz.
Here's the four senior girls having the time of their lives.

Before I went on this trip, I wrote a poem in English class. Here it is!

THE DREAM by Kelly Polark 1989

My dream is of a sunset

softly falling beneath the sandy horizon.

Its lovely reflection on the Caribbean blue,

the fresh breeze rippling the pastel purity.

The only break the peaceful water allows

is the gentle jumping of a dolphin


calling me to escape to a life in paradise.

The promising future will

make this dream

a reality.

Thanks for reading! Find more poetry links at Book Aunt today!


jama said...

Lovely and wistful! I don't have any of my high school poems (just as well). Your spring break on the Caribbean sounds idyllic! Love that there was a cook on the boat :).

Carrie Harris said...

It was very cool to read one of your older poems!

Kim Kasch said...

I love poetry and how fun to look back.

My husband's 30th reunion is in October - going to be sooo fun.

Suzanne Casamento said...

So cool that you have poems from high school. I didn't keep anything.

Sounds like you hd a great trip and I think you should tackle that YA novel!

Kelly said...

Jama-the cook was only a year older than us and took us to a local party on one of the islands!
Carrie-Thanks! I wish I saved more.
Kim-Reunions are fun. Have a great time!
Suzanne- I hope to get to that YA novel one day, too. One day!

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Wow. You actually wrote good poetry in high school. I only wrote fart poems. Thank God I outgrew that.

Susan York Meyers said...

Beautiful... very visual!

God bless,
Author of Callie and the Stepmother

Mary Lee said...

Isn't it just CRAZY that you can share a poem you wrote TWENTY years ago?!? (I'm suffering right now from mentoring a new teacher who was born just about the year I started teaching...and I AM NOT OLD!!!)

Author Amok said...

Kelly, you are one brave lady. I am afraid to even *look* at the poems I wrote in HS, much less post them!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an awesome trip! I agree, try the setting for a novel! Love the optimism of your poem.

Angela said...

Wow--what a great experience that must have been. Lovely poem, too!

Christina Farley said...

I loved your poem. Gave me the feeling of wanting. And what an adventure you had. So perfect! The pictures were goregous. Yes, you should write a book like that.

Rena said...

Awesome! And what a fantastic experience to sail for so long.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

How special to have your words from high school, Kelly! And what a wonderful trip. *sigh*

Keri Mikulski said...

Love it! It captures what it feels like to wonder about a future. :) Great stuff to have for your writing. :)

Lazy Writer said...

That's a lovely poem. And I think you should write that book about four girls on a sailboat. Let me know if you do so I can read it.

Sliding on the Edge said...

So lovely. And your idea for a ya with four girls and a boat is very exciting. I look forward to seeing it on the shelves--no pressure. :D

Big Plain V said...

That sounds like a magical trip, Kelly. And your poem really put me there. Nicely done.

adrienne said...

What a lovely and prophetic poem. And that trip sounds like an amazing experience!

Anita said...

Very pretty poem!

Your parents were brave, allowing you to take the trip. I'd have to be sedated until my daughter returned.

Shelli said...

what a great experience