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Sol Serenade

Updated on January 2, 2014

Sol Serenade - Soul Serenade - Sole Serenade

by Laura Summerville Reed


I drive

For the joy of it

No destination in mind

aside from the asphalt beneath the tires

The hum of the music from my car stereo

pressing into my spine urges me forward

I drive until the hum settles in

It has

Oddly - I’m drawn to the right

I usually turn left

Toward the rock jetty

where the fishermen fish

in lieu of the expanse of

swimsuit sauntered,

high-rise back dropped,

sugary-white sand on the opposite side

But today, my soul hears a song

that my ears haven’t, yet.


To one whose soul must wear a watch

I am not at all beach prepared.

I’ve not come equipped with the standard issue:

beach towel, swimsuit, sunscreen, cooler,

snacks, drinks, beach ball, frisbee, kite, umbrella,

sand bucket, float and folding chair.

but I’m prepared enough.


I lean against a creasote darkened pier post

Sitting alone, enjoying the solitude it affords

The crowds are all at the water’s edge

Splashing, to no avail, applying, frying, reapplying

letting their children feed cheese doodles

to flocks of seagulls and taking offense

when nature shits on the little one’s heads.


From time to time, my ears pick up a melody

over the din of shouts and laughter, greedy gulls

and the ocean breeze. A skinny kid with a guitar

slung on his tattooed back breaks away from his friends

makes his way across the sand toward me.

“Do you have a cigarette?” he wants to know

“Would you like to hear a song?”

His friends are going to eat

(and re-stock their supply of cigarettes, I’m sure)

He’d rather sit in the sun with his guitar and sing

…If that’s all right with me

It’s very all right with me

Between his songs we chat

My Beach Troubadour is going to be a folk musician

Travel the land playing to small venues

of faithful followers

Today he has chosen and audience of one

My soul has a serenade

He strums familiar tunes, and original compositions

He apologizes with crude language and rough words

for the sensitivity of the songs he writes

His brother is in Iraq

As soon as he’s returned from war

They will hit the road and

Life will begin

The sun has made long shadows of us both


©LSR 2010


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    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, kind sir, it was beautiful day ;D

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      ...gee I hope you had a nice outing at your 'haunt' - it sounds like a fabulous spot for a picnic - and you are a first class lady with a heart of golden poetry!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      My dear Epigramman, how very nice to have you visit, and what a poetic coincidence it is that you chose this one...I'm on my way to this very place today. I'm going to commune with the ghosts at the old Spanish Fort that sits just behind the rock jetty in the photo. Thank you for your lovely compliments. ~ Laura

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      ....you are truly sublime and such a gifted storyteller - and with the poetic embellishment of your photographs - I was taken away to a time and place - and completely captivated, as always, by your sensational words.

      You make life look easy - are you an angel here on earth?

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      CK, it's so very nice to meet and have you drop by my page. Thank you for the lovely comment, for rating this poem UP and for the wonderful compliment you left for me in my fan mail - truly appreciated, my new friend!

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      charanjeet kaur 

      8 years ago from Delhi

      Aww this is good, reminded me of the good old fun. darn I miss the beaches so much. The sandy beaches, the blue lagoons are the best gifts of mother nature. Rated it up.

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, so glad I could take you there, it is my favorite spot on earth.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Love the ocean. Could actually taste the salty air. Nice...

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you Habee, that means a great deal coming from you; you're such a wonderful writer in all categories, but your poetry is especially beautiful!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Simply beautiful! I also love the beach, and I seemed to be there, too.

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you George, how very nice to meet you, and I'm so glad you stopped by this fair, late spring evening.

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      George J Hardy 

      8 years ago from Southern New Jersey

      I heard the seagulls as I read your poem - nice!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Charlie, thank you so much. To speak to your soul is an honor, indeed. I'm glad you enjoyed the day. It was beautiful and my words do not do it justice.

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for a very nice day in the sun on the beach in the salty air in your soul that speaks to mine so well. xox CC

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Anytime, JBeadle - glad you came along, and thank you!

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      J Beadle 

      8 years ago from Midwest

      A very nice journey. Thanks for the lift!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, Ray - in that case, I will surely continue to write!

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      aware 

      8 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      nice poem good job. you write it ill read it.

      ray

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Laurel, your compliments are a serenade to my soul, as well. Thank you so very much.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      God, you're good.

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