We are pleased to have Kelly Letky as our host for today’s poetics prompt.
Hi everyone! It’s good to be back for a visit to the pub. Life has taken me away from poetry and blogging and writing these days, so I’m excited to have a chance to visit with all my old friends and catch up on what’s new here as well.
It’s been a busy year, a full year, a painful year. A year of learning how to navigate new paths, learning how to say goodbye, and learning how to cherish the time I have with the people I love.
In that vein, earlier this month my husband and I took my parents to Maine. We had never been, they had never been, and as an added aside, my mom, at 74-years-old, had never seen the ocean.
And so we loaded up the minivan and set off on our great adventure, choosing to stay at a lovely little cabin set on the shore of a small scenic lake, with a resident loon that kept us smiling all week long.
On Tuesday of that week, we set out on a day-trip to visit some lighthouses and find a beach so my mom could get her feet wet, literally. My sister had charged her with not just seeing the ocean but walking in it as well.
We made our way to Owl’s Head Park, and of course, my mom and I both cried at her first glimpse of the big blue expanse. We then moved on to a second lighthouse at Pemaquid, with its absolutely incredible view and the opportunity to climb up into the tower, which turned out to be a bit of a challenge physically for my parents and also for me, with my claustrophobic tendencies. But it was well worth the effort, and after a nice lunch, it was time to head down the road to what we’d heard was a beautiful beach.
It took some effort to find, but we finally made our way to a little park and a path to the shore, and suddenly we were there, on this gorgeous expanse of white sand that we had almost to ourselves. It was perfect, I couldn’t have ordered up a better place in my dreams, and my parents and I walked and gathered stones and shells and feathers with full hearts. My mom stood in the ocean with both arms upraised and the joy of a child on her face.
It was a day I’ll remember always, a memory to cherish, a once-in-a-lifetime first, filled with tears and laughter and wet feet and big smiles. It was a bucket-list moment, fulfilled.
Photo by Kelly
Which brings me to today’s challenge. For this week’s Poetics, write a poem about a first. One that meant something incredible to you, or one you’ve yet to check off that list.
I look forward to reading your words.
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• Write your poem based on the poetry challenge
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(Kelly Letky is from Farmington, NY, USA, and works as a freelance graphic artist and jewelry designer. In addition to those two hats, she also wears those of poet, photographer, writer, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, crazy cat lady, friend, runner, knitter and gardener. She writes at www.mrsmediocrity.com and www.thebluemuse.com.)
Hi everyone, it’s been a long time and I am looking forward to catching up with you all! Happy Poetics Tuesday!
Thank you for hosting Kelly ~ Happy First Poems and Happy Poetics ~ Hope you are all enjoying your autumn or spring weather, smiles ~
Such a beautiful story Kelly. Thank you for sharing the precious moment.
Nice to meet you, Kelly, and thanks for hosting. I love the prompt and am ready to post. So without further ado…
Nice to meet you as well, I look forward to reading your poem!
Your mom’s personal story is very moving. I don’t think we can ever get enough of firsts in our lifetime- there are still more to be savored and experienced out there.
Yes, it was a very emotional day for both of us. And I agree, it’s always good to have something to strive for and look forward to.
Hi Kelly…life a all about adjustments. Good to meet you and loved your story about your trip with Mom. I’m posting something on my blog and linking it here: a couple of firsts for me. First sonnet I ever wrote, first nautical painting, and this sonnet from my first book. Not what people would have expected, but so it goes.
Yes, we are always changing, that’s for sure. Looking forward to your work!
Your story about your mom really touched my heart. How wonderful to be part of her special moment. This is a great idea for poetics. Just wanted to say hello. Hope to join in a bit later. 🙂
Aw, thanks. Yes, it really was a very special day. Thanks for saying hi, and I look forward to your words!
Maureen Sudlow said:
love that joyous photo of your mum…
Thank you! I have some pretty happy shots from after she got her feet wet, but I thought this one was good for the prompt.
Happy Poetics to you!
I will be heading out for my yoga class momentarily, but will check back in when I return and catch up on any new links. Happy Poeting!
See you in a bit ~
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello friends, on my way home from a fabulous concert.. will try to read a bit when I get home
Fabulous Bjorn ~ Hope you had a great time ~
Glenn Buttkus said:
Kelly, your prose about your folks is charming, & so well written of itself–made me emotional just reading it. This is an interesting prompt–always amazing how many prompt possibilities thee can be.
Thanks, Glenn. That one came straight from the heart. 😉 It is always a challenge to come up with something that hasn’t been done…
Victoria C. Slotto said:
I hope it’s okay that I’m posting an older poem–it’s so in line with the prompt that I couldn’t resist. Kelly, always nice to have you tending bar. Thank you.
Thanks, Victoria, it’s good to be back for a visit, I have missed you all. I’ll be heading over to catch up on my reading shortly!
LOVED this, Kelly! Thank you! I have linked up, and will be back to read everybody’s awesomeness in the morning. 🙂
Thanks! Looking forward to reading about your first, I’ll be heading over shortly!
Also wanted to tell you how beautiful your story about your mom is. Thank you for sharing it with us. ❤
Lovely to meet you here Kelly and thank you for hosting. I am sharing a poem here I wrote for my grandmother when we were celebrating her 100th birthday. With so many family members passing away at a young age, this was a real first. I will return soon with a mug of tea to do the rounds :o)
Nice to meet you as well! Wow, 100, that is a real first! How awesome. Looking forward to reading about your grandmother.
What a wonderful story. We live on such a small island in the UK, it’s hard to believe someone can get so far without seeing the ocean. You reminded me that I perhaps take it a little for granted – and my kids certainly do. There is something so special, so awe-inspiring, so amazing about the ocean. You can’t be sad at the beach, or not for very long. Peace will always come.
Oh, yes, I so agree, the sound alone is so soothing. And I think my mom felt the same way, I think it was even better than she had imagined. We live in a town with a scenic lake, and I think we take that for granted as well. Thanks for stopping by!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello… I had a long day at office today and now it’s finally time to get some commenting done… Hooray… and then there are some Quadrille to visit as well. The future looks great though.
sarahsouthwest talked about islanders not being able to imagine the absence of ocean. Coming from a coastal state I too am fascinated by the boundary of earth and sea, the extensiveness of the ocean but also of the continent. In this poem https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/birthing/ i was trying to explain a huge change in my life thusly “Explain Kansas to a whale. Or don’t,
Just drop them in the sahara.” This is a fascinating topic that can accept an endless amount of words.
Kelly, your story of your mother and the sea is so beautiful. So your prompt and story brought me to the first time i hugged my mother (i was 47 years old then). I put my offering in the mr linky (which is so awesome!) but i’ll add it here for convenience too https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/once/ (please let me know if this is inappropos)
Thank you for this opportunity.
Missed the deadline — here’s my link: https://leepursewarden.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/nocturnal-emission/