Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Sun and the Moon and the Sea

There are days that stretch far beyond the limits of time.  

Clouds race endlessly across the blue, tides rise and fall,

and still the day continues, each moment of it holding fast to the part of one's mind where what matters most finds a home.

We share a day like this, my love and I.  The sun sets, the moon rises, and still we carry on. 

And what wonders we see.  Mythical birds one last night

before they leave their summer home

to fly back to the sea, where they have always flown.

Nothing about the day fades.  Each moment stays.

The sun has set again and again since then,

and yet this one persists.

We are rich with it.

Swept into silence by the wind, we watch the powder-white disc of the moon curve over the trees.

We could be infants or creatures from another world, how new this all suddenly seems,

and yet as ancient as the cry of a herring gull, the path of a snail through sodden sand.

And we wake early to find the sun again, impatient for the light,

even as the day before etches itself into our minds

lasting as long as we need it,

as long as we seek it,

as long as forever turns out to be.

Happy 20 years, Mr. Magpie.  

Note to you, my friends: I shot all of these photos over the weekend of the Super Moon this month.  The first ones are up off St. George Peninsula at Eastern Egg Rock, where Project Puffin has worked arduously for 40 years to restore the puffin population of coastal Maine.  If you ever have the chance to take a boat tour out to see the puffins, grab it!  They truly are wondrous little birds.  The sunrise pictures are on St. George Peninsula at Tenants Harbor.  The last couple of moonrise shots I took at the public landing in Falmouth Foreside.  

I am grateful every day that I live in such a beautiful part of the world.  

P.S. The other birds in the photos are an osprey, gulls (and other sea birds) flying over Eastern Egg Rock, and a great blue heron out fishing for his early morning breakfast. 


  1. Happy, happy Anniversary Gigi and Mr. Magpie ……. wishing you both many more happy times together. It's really funny because, I was just doing some housework and I was dusting around the sea glass that you sent me, probably 5 years ago, and I thought, I haven't seen a post from Gigi for a while and then, there you were on my sidebar !!
    Beautiful images and beautiful words. XXXX

    1. Thank you, dearest Jackie! I love that you still have the sea glass. I have been a terrible blogger this year, but am finding my way back into the swing of things. So good to see you here, my friend. xoxo

  2. Happy Anniversary to the both of you!!!

    Oh what a lovely post...

    Beautiful photos...

    Beautiful words...

    Beautiful blog...

    So happy to have come upon you...


  3. -chuckle- I did not just "come upon you"...

    I left a comment, a month ago, here.

    So I will revise it to say... So happy that I came upon you, a month ago. And that you are blogging here, again!


    1. Well, it's wonderful to have you back here. I'm happy that you came upon my blog last month, too, as it brought me to yours. xo

  4. Re: Your comment on my post: "I love champagne! Prosecco, too."

    Prosecco is new to me. It certainly sounds perfect. Dry or Extra Dry! My preference. :-)

    Thank you.


  5. You have captured the magical moments so well in both photos and words. Hope the anniversary was magical and full as the moon enchants. Someday I would love to visit the other Portland. We both are so fortunate to live in Portland.

    1. Oh, thank you, Marilyn! Yes, we are lucky to live in Portland. I know I will visit yours in the not-too-distant future. Have always wanted to!

  6. Happy anniversary. Beautiful images and even more beautiful and eloquent words. You live in an amazing part of the world.

  7. I would love to see a puffin. In spite of living close to the coast I never have, so it must be because of habitat, I suppose. They are very endearing looking birds.


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