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Loch Lomond, Scotland

Updated on May 22, 2010

Living Lake: Loch Lomond:

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Beautiful Scotland

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Ardlui Marina

A place for dreamers
A place for dreamers

A Poem

I wanted to write something that would blend perfectly with February but I didn't come close to what I would have wanted to write. The poem below is something that may come close to the deeper meaning of Valentine's Day, though not following its stated rhythm. It will still blend though being February's contrapuntal flow and certainly a part of life's whole.

Loch Lomond, Scotland

March 2002

Leaves that have shed off skin

like memory returning to paper

to wood and then to fire

send smokes that return

to the weight of words

never spoken on a night long gone.

One twilight in early spring

I was a ghost

left by a rain of leaves

retracing the daffodils

from Glasgow to Ardlui Marina.

I felt I scooped the entire lake

and poured it into a goblet

while I celebrated the gift of water

and of sunsets

that launched a fleet of paper boats.

Cathedrals and castles,

streams, wild flowers,

the gentle Scottish accent –

all in a flash

like the last line of a song

drowning in the goblet

in my hand.

Copyright ©2004 Francia C. Clavecillas Loch Lomond, Scotland

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      franciaonline 6 years ago from Philippines

      Ladie, thanks for dropping here and leaving an encouraging comment.

      Many of my poems have been published in magazines but I haven't really collected them to be published in one book. I'll send you my unpublished collection one of these days. By the way, I didn't succeed in sending you an email. I have sent a number of times but they all returned to me. But of course I can give you a copy of my collection when we meet again for our sound script.

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      ladie 6 years ago

      luv ur play of romantic words . . . made me feel like i was there with you. daffodils. . is there anything more romantic than those flowers? scoop the entire lake into a goblet - it's so enchanting. France, ur a truly romantic poet. Do u have a book of poetry i could buy in bookstores?

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      franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

      Getting a comment from a poet like you, is for me a poetic moment.Thanks Denny.

      Btw, I've followed the links to your poetry and relished the beauty of the human spirit expressed there. I stumbled on the links to your page at the Socialist Poets site. The Socialist Poet site, for me, is a gold mine! I wish I had all the time I need to read everything that is there.It's a site for those whose hunger for the beautiful and true is a compelling need.

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      Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      " the last line of a song

      drowning in the goblet

      in my hand. "

      You certainly captured the romance of the place, time and most of all the internal moment. A romantic poem during a romantic time of year. I like the indirect approach to love poetry a lot as opposed to the brash greeting card variety.

      Wistful remembering deeply heart-touched by nature's beauty without drowning in sad longing. Thanks for the word treat!

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      franciaonline 8 years ago from Philippines

      Kind words from a fellow poet make my pen want to write for a long long time!

      Thanks, Cris, for always taking time to read my page.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wow francia this is one visual poetry if ever there was one! Thanks for sharing, your language undulates! ;D

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      franciaonline 8 years ago from Philippines

      Elena, I always feel honored when you leave a comment on my page! Thanks.

      Amanda, it's affirming to know that you appreciate my poem. I saw those hills too. And the awe-inspiring Loch! Thanks!

      Nice of you Teresa, to leave a generous comment. Lovers of poetry are a poet's source of inspiration. You're one of those sources of inspiration! Thanks.

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Great poem, thoughtful and evocative. Cool!

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      'One twilight in early spring

      I was a ghost

      left by a rain of leaves'

      Lovely words Francia. Reminds me of my visits to those majestic hills and vast, still lochs.

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      I don't know that this isn't what you wanted to write, francia, but you wrote if beautifully! I feel like I just got a breath of Scottish air! Thanks!

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