Among summer flowers and dark earth

I spied a red velvet starfish,

an exotic bloom plucked from its ocean home

dropped by a careless hand or mother gull

upon an unknown world.

A world saturated in golden light

and still air,

the memory of cold depths and moon tossed waves

fading fast – 

a passenger riding on the flotsam of chance

here today, gone tomorrow

intersecting realms to dazzle these human eyes.

A gorgeous bloom captured near the lawn bowling greens in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).


About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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26 Responses to Passenger

  1. markmkane says:

    I really loved this Kimberlee! Loved how strong the contrast descriptions were. Summer flowers-dark earth, golden light-cold depths. Stumbling across a starfish is not a common thing to see. I’m amazed at all the things you experience every time you venture out.

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    • I now carry a notebook with me everywhere I go (even on picnics!) because I never know what might cross my path – we used to be able to see an abundance of starfish at the edge of the sea but they are harder to find these days so to see one lying in a West End garden stirred my imagination! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave these lovely words…


  2. Shirley Ross says:

    Love this. Laying in bed, this lets my mind wander, down to the park and walkway, and visualize the colors, and brightens my afternoon.
    Love Mom

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  3. Ugetse says:

    Beautiful poetic way to remind us that we are all just passengers on this earth. Your photo is magical. Have a great weekend.

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    • I love what you have written, you captured the essence of my poem perfectly! I’m going to miss your beautiful photos on IG btw – hope you enjoy this cool reprieve from the smoky skies, it was wonderful to listen to the rain falling last night!


  4. Ugetse says:

    You are welcome Kim. Will be back on IG . Miss seing what everyone is posting. For the moment, just needed a break away from Internet and walk more to discover new things. Write hand letters . Do art. Enjoy this Sunday. Was at the Harmony Festival yesterday…a dream big hug.😘❤️🦉

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    • It’s good to take a break, I’ve been doing the same – I recently took in the Bob Gruen photography exhibit at the Pendulum Gallery downtown, it was bliss to take the time to wander through and enjoy his work (he has taken some wonderful pictures of John Lennon, Leonard Cohen & others!)!


  5. I love the imagery and sense of lightness in this. A beautiful poem.

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  6. Jade M. Wong says:

    Ohh this is such a soothing piece. Well written!

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  7. Holy!!!!!! This is soooooo beautiful that I can’t even give special mention to a line or two….it is a mass of magnificence (my inelegant way of saying the whole offering is glorious). Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  8. Miriam says:

    What a very pretty bloom and your words are lovely too 🌹

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  9. michnavs says:

    I love the contrasting views here ..the irony …just so brilliant ..

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  10. Your beautiful poetry did justice to the flower, Kim.

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