Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

A Different River

on April 5, 2019

A quarter century ago
My first trip to Mexico
Time-share my new husband owned
Beginning of enchantment

Modest lodgings served us well
The grounds a garden wonderland
We dined at restaurants out-of-doors
Marble floors and colonnades

Mornings poolside began our days
Songs sung in Spanish set the beat
Reached crescendo by high noon
Time for water exercises

For many years and memories
I returned on pilgrimage
To a week I lived outdoors
My lease assured me many more

This place is etched deep in my soul
Place where family came to play
Wedding vows renewed on beach
Anniversaries toasted glass held high

Cousins gathered as family
Grew to soak up loving bonds
Making memories unbeknownst
Richly blessed are we all

Slowly I became aware
Grandchildren are college bound
Sons and wives have different plans
Even I am changing

It is time to say “Adios”.
What I hold dear is in the past
I’m oddly free to venture forth
Stepping into a new river

Now I can close my eyes and see
Pacific Ocean feel the breeze
Cooling at the end of day
Calm and lovely

22 responses to “A Different River

  1. You will have lovely memories always Ina, but there is excitement in the new memories to be made too.

  2. Elan Mudrow says:

    You are blessed to have those memories and have more to make.

  3. Cethru Cellophane says:

    You have told us a very nice story Ina. I can imagine it in my min’s eye. Great memories!

  4. Dale says:

    What a lovely poem sharing your memories with us.
    And way to go on moving onto new chapters and creating new memories!
    Have a lovely weekend, Ina.

  5. Dalo 2013 says:

    Beautiful poem, Ina, it brings emotions that I am starting to come to grips with as well…those “permanent” pieces of life I’ve always taken for granted have now become dated, and as you eloquently put it: Iā€™m oddly free to venture forth; stepping into a new river.

    You’ll always have those memories of: “Mornings poolside began our days, Songs sung in Spanish set the beat, Reached crescendo by high noon…” This line reminds me of such great times in the past. Wishing you a great springtime ahead ~ take care.

  6. Sound like you had a wonderful life with many memories to cherish. A new page awaits.

  7. Lechfisch says:

    Thank you for sharing your life’s journey in your poetry – all your poems have such an immediacy and ring so true that I feel your life stages are becoming mine too in the reading – and I’m looking to many more generously shared adventures!

  8. vivachange77 says:

    Many thanks. I look forward to sharing a cup of coffee and more poetry with you. ā¤

  9. Wow! So cool, shiny, and inspiring

  10. Resa says:

    Deep, like the ocean.

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