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Pilgrim Monument, line drawing by Ewa Nogiec

Jan Kruse

Herring Cove

 

The Winter Cape

Swirling sand and snow, scatter
White powders mix and
Blow across the edge~
Wings dive toward the waves
Wind carries cold mist skyward.
The sun sets ~ orange and blue fades
Day falls below the horizon
Sky and water melt together and
The night sky arrives at last as
A wind lifts the frozen clouds away.

 

Jan Kruse

 

Silent Plea

Out Stretched hand
Palm up ~ but not empty
A plea toward the sky

Stand very still ~ branchlike
A silent wish to come down
Softly flutter ~ feel the wings and beak
Snatch up the tiny gift.

Out stretched hand ~ palm up
~ Shivers~ when the wild and free
Find my hand  ~ palm up
And for a moment ~ the gift is mine
Wild  ~ Free ~ and Full!

 

Follow the Light

Blue sky above ~ dark roads below
Even in winter breathe the mist
This journey curves inward.

Follow the light
Soft, warm on high pole hill
Past where ~ lights reach skyward.

Travel to the edge and
Find warmth at the fire
Cold at the crashing sea.

Wind ~ Water ~ Waves
Blue above ~ Blue below.

Go to the edge and follow the light
At the very center ~ warmth
Drawn to gather.

Blue at daybreak ~ darkness comes early
A journey on cold winds
Holding the moment near the fire.

Scattered then pulled back
Sheltered on the hill from snow and sand
Take in the horizon ~ follow the road
Return to the light!



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I have been coming to Provincetown since the Summer of 2006.

Now it is 2011 and after that summer visit I have returned the summer of 2008, and that same year for Winter Solstice in 2008, also Solstice 2009, and just a few weeks ago for Solstice 2010.

We are now planning a spring trip to Provincetown in June 2011.

Each trip has been to gather with family... and the Provincetown community makes it an easy place to return again and again to be together.

My daughter (Jamie Kruse and her partner Elizabeth Ellsworth) have encouraged me to submit some poetry I wrote and read at our 3rd annual family "Winter Solstice in P-Town burning of the Yule Log Celebration." Each year I have struggled to find a poem to read at these family events. This year I decide to write my own! Jamie and Elizabeth seemed to enjoy what I wrote and thought you might as well.

Thanks for reading my poetry.

 

Jan Kruse

-- Jan Kruse (Provincetown repeat visitor from Illinois)

 

Jan Kruse

© Photos by Jan Kruse

 

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