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A Pantoum of Appreciation for Palm Trees

Updated on November 18, 2016
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Seafarer Mama/Karen is a poet, and reads her poetry to small groups of friends, and to larger groups at open mics.

Palm trees make me think of summer!

Palm tree at an archaeological site in Florida
Palm tree at an archaeological site in Florida | Source
Palm trees in the Orangerie at Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Palm trees in the Orangerie at Tower Hill Botanic Garden | Source
My daughter next to a palm tree in my aunt and uncle's front yard, in Florida
My daughter next to a palm tree in my aunt and uncle's front yard, in Florida | Source
Some dwarf palm trees on my aunt and uncle's Florida property
Some dwarf palm trees on my aunt and uncle's Florida property | Source
My palm tree place mat, side 1
My palm tree place mat, side 1 | Source
My palm tree place mat, side 2
My palm tree place mat, side 2 | Source

Palm trees take me to that sweet spot!

Palm trees stand as a gateway

They are guardians with outstretched arms,

Welcoming me to a corner of the world

That already knows the warmth of spring and summer.

They are guardians with outstretched arms,

Beckoning me to throw off my shoes,

Welcoming me to a corner of the world.

Cool sandals let my feet breathe.

Beckoning me to throw off my shoes,

To melt into the bliss of vacation days,

Cool sandals let my feet breathe,

I begin relaxing, basking.

I melt into the bliss of vacation days,

Palm trees stand stalwart or sway with breezes.

I begin relaxing, basking,

Under cypress trees laden with Spanish moss.

Palm trees stand stalwart or sway with breezes.

Cypress trees sway like weeping willow branches,

Their branches laden with Spanish moss.

The warm breath of optimism blesses me.

Cypress trees sway like weeping willow branches,

A welcome retreat from the busyness of our lives.

The warm breath of optimism blesses me.

When I am home again, my place mats remind me of those days.

A welcome retreat from the busyness of our lives,

My palm tree place mats touch my memories.

When I am home again, my place mats remind me of those days

Of our Florida family vacation.

Memories of Palm Trees

My palm tree place mats touch my memories.

They remind me of those days

Of our Florida family vacation.

My life force is renewed with hope.

They remind me of those days.

The world smiles with me.

My life force is renewed with hope,

With the warmth of the summer sun.

The world smiles with me.

The world glows with merriment,

With the warmth of the summer sun.

I dance in puddles barefoot.

The world glows with merriment.

My clothes billow in the breezes.

I dance in puddles barefoot.

I throw up my sun hat and leap up to catch it.

Play at the Seashore

My clothes billow in the breezes.

My bare feet pad through sand on the seashore.

I throw up my sun hat and leap up to catch it.

My daughter does the same.

My bare feet pad through sand on the seashore,

I see an island in the distance.

My daughter does the same.

Our energy has been blessed by our encounter with palm trees.

I see an island in the distance.

I see a ship that draws near to welcome me aboard.

My daughter does the same.

We are on an adventure to find more palm trees.

Palm Tree Day Dream

I see a ship that draws near to welcome me aboard.

The crew welcomes us with lays of apple seeds sewn together.

We are on an adventure to find more palm trees.

She dances on the deck.

The crew welcomes us with lays of apple seeds sewn together.

They present us with pineapple shakes to sip.

We are on an adventure to find more palm trees.

We are ready to sail the seven seas.

© 2013 Karen A Szklany

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    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      3 months ago from New England

      Thank you for stopping by and reading, Kenneth, and for your encouraging words! Glad you enjoyed my tribute to palm trees.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Super work, Karen! Loved every syllable. I can see the hours of research, editing, and overall hard work that you put into this one hub. Your talent is obvious.

      Sorry that it took so long for me to write, but life, it has been said, has a way of taking you where you didn't really want to go.

      Please keep in touch.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Hi Rosemayy ~

      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. So glad you enjoyed my pantoum...I appreciate your encouragement. Palm trees really are a visual reminder of relaxing times! ~:0)

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I am impressed, a pantoum is not an easy form of poetry to write and get right, you did a wonderful job here.

      Palm trees always remind me of exotic locations too, relaxing and away from the norm.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Carly ~ Thank you so much for your heartfelt response to my hub!

      Growing up in Westchester County, NY and now in living in Central Massachusetts, I am accustomed to many of the deciduous and conifer trees, and they are lush and beautiful, and I'd miss them if they were not around me. Yet palm trees remind me of adventures abroad...to exotic islands (Hawaii...and even Ireland has them!)...and now Florida ~ where my aunt and uncle live. Their association with relaxing and carefree summer days is strong...and welcome. ~:0)

      Thanks for stopping by with your thoughts. Hope you are having a lovely day!

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Kathryn, I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub about palm trees. Since they are not native to New England, just seeing pictures of them reminds me of being off on an adventure somewhere...like the fantasy adventure I describe at the end of my pantoum. :0)

      I love dressing light, too. For some reason, I've been slow to get into my warm-weather activities...and still need to bring down our summer clothes from our attic. Time to do that...and get us a new fan for our master bedroom. ~:0)

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      Carly Sullens 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Karen, this is so beautiful! I lived in the Midwest of the United States all my life. I was never around palm trees. Then the past 7 years and now I live in Florida. Palm trees are abundant. At first it took me time to embrace these trees. Their points and long fingers were different from the oaks, maples and aspen trees I have been used to.

      You write "A welcome retreat from the busyness of our lives." It is now true for me. For they do welcome me home. They are so beautiful and now I love them and think of home when I see them.

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I was halfway through the poem when I realized there's a certain pattern to it. Then I had to read it all over again. This is a very pleasant one, and after having a hot day here in Boston, I'm excited for Summer. Today I went on a walk outside, wearing a tank top (and very comfortable dressed like that). I like it when it's warm enough to dress light, and wear sandals. I just brought my Summer clothes home from our other place in Connecticut, and just in time!

      I also like having things at home that remind me of vacations. I have several things from Cape Cod, as well as from a cruise Andy and I went on a few years ago. They remind me of good times, and get me excited about all of the fun times I expect to have in the future.

      I also like palm trees! There's nothing more Summery than that!

      Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Thank you for your encouragement, Joe! I'm glad you enjoyed my pantoum, and that it helped your begin your day cheerfully. :0) Palm trees are so graceful, aren't they?

      Aloha!

      Karen

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Karen!

      After looking up the meaning of the word, partoum, I read your poetry and was amazed and intrigued with how adeptly you utilized this verse art form. Wonderful job, my friend! It's quite challenging, to be sure, and I learned a lot because of your willingness to write this hub. Thank you for sharing! I'm off to a great start to my day because of it!

      Aloha!

      Joe

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