Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Along the River


summer heat wave ...
seeking refuge in cool breezes and blue skies
the sound of water crashing on rocks
my eyes are as wide-open as the river

train after train goes by
an oasis in the morning rush hour
but time stops over the cliffs on the horizon
sunlight sparkles on clear water

on this iron bench
i sit wondering if i missed my train
stained glass reflections of moon and stars
a mosaic of lives before me

and there will always be another train …


We are having a heat wave in New York, as in most other states, with temperatures in the 90's and rising. To cool off, I have been taking my daily commuting train to New York City on the Hudson River side, so I can admire the view on my train ride. There is a beautiful stained glassed mosaic on the platform at the train station, and the views are wonderful.


My poem was inspired by the river views and the mosaic and the many times I missed my morning train. It made me think about what we sometimes perceive as missed opportunities, but there will always be another door that will open ... another train on our life journey. Sharing with Poetry Jam where the topic is "feel the heat" and with Poets United where the topic is "water table." And sharing my photos with Skywatch Friday.
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Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool!


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  1. I enjoyed this journey from first to last. The mosaic at the station is remarkable - so beautiful. As is the real view of the water. Must be great to commute along the water! Stay cool!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. Yes, it's an amazing and relaxing train ride :)

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  2. was smoking hot here today as well...i love riding the train...so many people to see...but i like too the rather zen thought there in the end, always another train...you also paint the scene very nicely...

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    1. How interesting you see it as a zen thought. I like that, Brian :)

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  3. Traveling by train...in the past, but it's refreshing after driving in the car...and missing train - not your train...nice ride, thank you, Loredana :)

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  4. A great train ride is always a privilege. The beauty is, there is always one next if one misses the current one. A train crowd is also more fun in numbers for one can move around along the coaches to relate. Wonderful write Loredana!

    Hank

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  5. Last line ~ perfection. Great poem ....

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  6. So beautiful photographs with beautiful composition

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    1. Thank you for noticing the composition, Vandana. I took the first photo from an angle to show perspective of the lamps lined up along the river, and movement as the train goes by :)

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  7. Loved this full of emotion and feeling. Captures everything beautifully. Well done.

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    1. So glad you could feel the emotion, Alan. I really love this river, the train ... the feeling evoked :)

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  8. There will always be a train to catch and a train that waits. Nice imagery here

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  9. What a lovely view to have while waiting on the train. Pretty poem. Have a happy day!

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  10. Love eyes wide open as a river... stay cool.

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    1. I like that line, too, thank you. Yes, eyes wide-open ... awareness :)

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  11. Thankfully it finally cooled off here, but it was horrible. The next train will always come.

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    1. Unless Godzilla or aliens put a stop to it lol

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    2. Haha, maybe Godzilla will be tame
      And get peacefully on the train
      The aliens, too, will go for a ride
      To see New York City with pride :)

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  12. Yes, I have been hearing about this huge heat wave you have been having! I bet the a/c is just roaring right now...Your train image is wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! I moved the train image up to be first ... it has the right "mood" for the poem :)

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  13. I enjoyed your pictures and your philosophy. Yes, one can often think that one has missed the train....and perhaps one has; but there will always be another if you wait AND look!

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  14. I love this poem, Loredana, and what wonderful views you have on your commute!

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  15. Looks like noone is safe from this heat wave...it's been a crazy hot couple weeks. I love your words here...espcailly "there will always be another train". That can be a metaphor for life can't it? :)

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  16. What a lovely train ride ~ If you missed one, there's another surely to follow ~ Enjoyed the view from your side of the world ~

    Smiles from BC ~

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  17. There will always be another train- so true and those gone are bygone, so await the next with breathless anticipation, for tomorrow is a train promised to none!

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  18. Love the beautiful mosaic and the lovely metaphor. There is something so special about riding the rails. So romantic. Hope you get a cool down soon. xo

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    1. Thanks for your observation, Karen. Yes, trains are romantic :)

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  19. I really like how you ended it! It's true, there will always be another train. Literally and metaphorically speaking :) We've been stuck in a heat wave here as well. I hope we all cool off soon!

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  20. I love stained glass, and all the images that you painted with your words, as always I enjoy your optimism too :-)

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  21. Oh a perfect poem as my path veered but another has opened again...we just have to keep observant for those openings.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. Hope your new path opens to something wonderful :)

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  22. I love seeing the view from the Hudson. A fantastic view and lovely poetry. Such a serene post.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, river towns by the Hudson are magical and laid back ... serene indeed :)

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  23. Great serie of photos, well done!
    Lucky you having great summerweather!

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  24. Impressed how you were able to get a picture of the mosaic with no one in the foreground! I'll think of your poem today when I feel I've missed something, and then I'll remember "and there will always be another train …"

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    1. Thanks, Robin. I had to capture the right moment when everyone got off the train and left the platform. Glad my poem inspired you :)

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  25. There will be another train. So postitve thinking. loved it. There is no regret on a lost opportunity.

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    1. Yes, the train was a metaphor for just that. So glad it resonated with you, Kalpana :)

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  26. Wonderful poem and excellent photography and yes, love the 'there will be another train'. Very poignant poem ~ happy weekend to you ^_^

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  27. Wonderful photographs, beautiful poem:) Greetings

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  28. just loved this, if everybody could taste life this way....if they enjoyed skipping things too and slowdown a bit for the real beautiful life around us...sighs....hugs and kisses for you...:-)

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    1. What a sweet comment, thank you, Sreeja xo :)

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  29. nice, something about "time stops over the cliffs on the horizon" i like... & that of course, there will always be another train. love the metaphor

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    1. Thank you for noticing that line, Ruth. Yes, I was contrasting the stillness of time on the horizon and the movement of the train ... slowing down a bit and being aware :)

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    1. Love your unique, sweet comment, thank you, Sean :)

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  31. L'estate descritta dalle tue parole e dalle tue immagini è suggestiva...Cara Loredana,con te,si soffre il caldo,volentieri,leggendo ed osservando...bacioni,Rita.

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    1. Cara Rita, fa' molto caldo. E' bello a stare al fresco in attesa del treno ... e belle cose da arrivare. Un abbraccio :)

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  32. I enjoyed your sit by the river very much!! And the pictures made it even better. Nice commute and lovely mosaic!! Thanks for posting this and stay cool.

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    1. Thank you for the inspiration, Peggy! Loved your prompt :)

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  33. A lovely poem, and I appreciate the photos too.

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  34. Stay cool...we are in the heatwave too.

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  35. That stained glass mosaic photo is stunning.

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    1. Thank you. I love that mosaic. It's great to be able to look at beautiful art in the midst of everyday life :)

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  36. J'aime ces trois photos Loredana

    Laissons nous guider
    Par ces railles de lumineux
    Sortir de l'obscure
    Pour aller rejoindre la lumière
    L'eau
    Les montagnes
    Le ciel
    et se raccrocher
    aux lampadaires
    Pour rester sur terre...

    En plain jour
    Assis sur un banc
    Presque transparent
    Regarder le fleuve
    Regarder la lune et les étoiles
    Une étoile filante !
    Vite je fais un vœux...

    J'aime quand l'art va à la rencontre de la vie de tous les jours


    Plonger dans le bleu de l'eau
    Grimper sur le bleu des collines
    Rejoindre le bleu du ciel

    S'il fait si chaud à NY il ne te reste plus qu'q'à plonger dans la rivière...

    PS
    Je t'écris un peu plus ... pour bien te faire réviser ton français ... (sourire)

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    1. My dear Pascal, you have written a book of pretty poems to me. Now I know French completely! Smiles :) Thank you, loved your wonderful comments. Hugs.

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    2. Pourrais je utiliser les photos de ton article pour mettre une réponse dans "parler en silence" ? je citerai ton nom et le lien de ton blog si tu le désires ...
      Dans l'attente de ta réponse
      Amicalement Pascal

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    3. Thank you, Pascal. I'm honored. Yes, you may use my photos from this post with my permission (with credit to my name and link to my blog). I look forward to reading your post. Amicalement, Loredana :)

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  37. beautiful capture...lovely words!

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  38. Oups !!! Loredana

    Laissons nous guider
    Par ces railles lumineux...

    'il fait si chaud à NY il ne te reste plus qu'à plonger dans la rivière...

    Voilà que la chaleur me tape aussi sur la tête ...

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  39. tradotta dal traduttore....cara loredana, ho letto con interesse questa attesa, una poesia malinconica che attende una risposta dal cuore, come quel treno perso...come quel treno che presto arrivera'...un abbraccio emilio

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    1. Grazie, Emilio. Hai capito benissimo il significato metaforico del treno. Un abbraccio :)

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  40. Well done, and I say that as a New Yorker.

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  41. I love trains, but it's been a while since I've traveled by train..

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  42. Beautiful..the mosaic is gorgeous. I live near Houston and the only public transportation here is buses and a tram that travels the downtown area...It is a flood of cars here.

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  43. A big thank you to everyone for your awesome responses to this post! xx

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  44. hi loredana my name is Albert beaituful poem y photos i consider a fantastic write and much talen i capacitation much kisses

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