margaretbednar365.blogspot.com (Of Verse, Poesy & Odes) is for poetic challenges and poems that may still be unfinished. Poems have been "nurtured, weeded, and snipped" from that blog, uprooted and transplanted to Drops of Black Ink; poems I consider "in full bloom" Poems can be searched for by subject by selecting and perusing "Categories" below. MOST POSTS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY A SOUND CLOUD AUDIO OF ME READING MY POEM.
Before the clamor and confusion of mid-day, before shadows slant lean and low and seagulls dive-bomb a littered beach,
I gaze down the grey-boarded walk bejeweled with brightly colored umbrellas and awnings hawking lobster rolls, soft serve, and beer.
It's a calm before the storm, a respite; ghostlike. As if I look hard enough, I'll transport back in time
when five cents gypsied one down the tracks to a beachside breeze, promise of a Nathan's frank, and a Steeplechase thrill.
Electro Spin and Sea Side Swing seem overshadowed by Wonder Wheel's grace (that's probably still the same) and Classic Rock rolls its rhythm
as Carousel and Thunderbolt act as grand sentinels. I'm eventually drawn to the beach dotted with small shaded oasis's, crowded with coolers & chairs.
"Cold Coronas, Cotton Candy!, Snow Cones". "Get it!, Get it!" and I buy two umbrellas for $20, my refuge beneath a partially cloudy sky,
close my eyes as a life guard's whistle blows, children laugh, bicker, cry and Latino hip hop filters from over my left shoulder.