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The Peaceful View from a Corsican Hilltop

Updated on June 28, 2016
Looking over the Mediterranean and Centuri Port from just above Cannelle.
Looking over the Mediterranean and Centuri Port from just above Cannelle.

The sun pulls the scent
from the leaves and
sticks and
bushes of herbs dried crisp
in the Maquis
Insects and
lizards scuttle from holes
searching for the
hot shade
of my shadow

I stand
soundless
stopped on the dusty path
that
guides my trudging sandals
back and forth
through the chirping cicadas
and sharp rocks
and scratching branches
of the brush

Centuri Porte lies far below me
with silver leaved
trees
leading
to the
sizzling streets of the
Centre Ville

Sometimes
the sounds of conversations
by short plump ladies
gossiping
drift lazily up to me
surprising my silence

The cherished noise
of the diesel engines
chug
chug
chug
chug
signaling the fishermen's
return to port
with their morning catch
wriggling in baskets
ready for buyers
after a good haggle and a nod

The sounds of the engines
ride the breeze
from the sea and echo
on the hills
around me
blowing through the herbs
fluttering the olive
then silver
then olive
leaves of the
dense scrub clinging to this
hillside

Staring at the glittering sea
my eyes glaze
at the blue and purple water
with little sparkling peaks
of waves that
tickle the rocks
so far away
I can only hear
the sound of their whisper
from my memory


*(A dense growth of small trees and shrubs in the Mediterranean area.)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I know you must be busy but I've missed you. I hope things are OK!

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      MaryBeth Walz 7 years ago from Maine

      Thank you Nell. It's so beautiful there. I have many stories from that time!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Now I want to go there! nice one. Cheers Nell

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      MaryBeth Walz 7 years ago from Maine

      This was written from a very vivid memory of a wonderful place in Corsica when I was 10. Thank you seasoning.

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      seasoning 7 years ago

      interesting. I think i hear a whisper too,