gambols by the seaside
the saltwater flows,
and she grows
wondering who she is,
who she’ll be
as onward flows
the sea, she knows
kisses, and soaring free
herself, and shows
a world images–she knows
what dreams can be
A quadrille for dVerse, where De is asking us to use the word kiss. Sorry for all the birthday poems, but I wrote a poem for younger daughter’s birthday, so I had to write one for older daughter’s birthday today. I’m struck by how many of her paintings are of soaring figures—both people and sea creatures. You can see some of them here.
This flows like waves, Merril. Just beautiful. And so is your daughter’s work. Thank you for the link.
Thank you so much, De!
I love you daughter’s work… she has something from the waves in her.
Thank you. She thought about being a marine biologist when she was a little girl, and she and her wife got married at the aquarium in NJ. 🙂
Happy birthday to your daughter, her artwork is fantastic. I wanted to purchase ‘you are not too small’ but there’s no shipping to the UK by the looks of it. 😦
Thank you so much. I can ask her about shipping to the UK.
This is what I mean about the casual-feeling rhymes. They just happen. Your daughter’s artwork is soaring sea creatures. Wonderful!
Thank you so much, Jane! 🙂
If all could know that feeling of love washing over them – for those they cherish and those they should know better – the world would be a better place.
Yes, it would be indeed. Thank you, Ken.
What a beautiful gift to your daughter, Merril. Her work is wonderful! I loved the hermit crab…kind of how I feel sometimes.😉
Hahaha. Thank you, Jill!
The artwork is wonderful, and your 44 words hum with maternal marrow, plus heaping portions of heart, seasoned by soul
Thanks so much, Glenn! 🙂
This is gorgeous and rhythmic as the ocean waves! ❤️ Happy Birthday to her and love to you both! 🙂
Awww–thank you so much!
I love Megan’s floaty figures, flying and soaring. You two must be related!!
Thank you! I think we are! 🙂
Your love for her shines through here, and her artwork is very inspiring and liberating to behold.
Thank you very much!
You are welcome.
I love the rhythm in this.
Thank you so much!
Thank you very much!
From your poem I get that your daughter has attained some of the sea’s wisdom and endurance.
Thank you. Perhaps. She’s always liked whales and sea creatures. She and her wife got married at the aquarium in Camden, NJ. 🙂 She had to find herself and her muse.
Both daughters with birthdays so close to each other 😉
How lucky to have a mom who is a poet…
Happy birthday to your eldest!
Thank you, Dale. Yes, they’re almost exactly three years apart. 🙂
Funny how often that happens…
I can see you love your (little) girl with big dreams and fantastic art work! I love her page!
Thank you so much, Dwight!
Very pretty. Happy birthday to your family!!!
What a beautiful gift of your poetry to give her! 🙂💕
Awww–thank you so much!
Happy birthday to your daughter and please tell her that I love her artwork! I also love the quadrille, Merril. How lucky your daughters are to have a mother who gives them the freedom to soar free to be themselves and find out what dreams can be. I hope I’ve done the same for my daughter.
That’s lovely, Kim. Thank you. I’m sure you’ve done the same for your daughter.
Wow, her work is astounding and those figures certainly bring out a sense of freedom and elation.
This birthday poem speaks of her artistic sojourn which compliments the life lived in such a soaring manner. I love the flow and structure of this verse.
Thank you very much for your comment. It did take her a while to find herself, and I think the visual art was able to flow after that.
Love your poem Merill, and I really like your daughter’s art. I understand your pride. My daughter is my oldest child, and my beloved! Your daughter is quite talented!
Thank you so much, Rob. I’m very fortunate to have two creative and wonderful daughters, and I’m very proud of them.
I clicked on the link. Oh my! She has a real talent…..I especially love her drawings of the figures, all uplifted, soaring. You must be very proud, and rightly so. Happy birthday to her….I know she’ll love your poem! 🙂
Thank you so much, Lillian. This is my daughter who lives in your area.
Beautiful musing from a child’s perspective. Splendidly vibrant artwork
Thank you, Derrick.
What a nice birthday gift. And the art does soar. (K)
Thank you so much, Kerfe!
Nice sounding lines: “as onward flows
the sea, she knows”
Thank you, Frank!
Well done … and Belated Happy Birthday to her!
Thank you very much, Frank!
Lovely! How wonderful to have a mom who writes a poem on your birthday!
Thank you very much. (I’m not even sure if she’s read it.) 🙂