Calm in the Eye of the Beholder: A Walk Along Park Street, Rockland

By George S. Chappel | Jul 05, 2018

I sauntered southwest

over roads from home;

breezes blew

to cool a hot sun.

 

Where should I go?

I asked myself,

the traffic rushing

by, gulls hovering above.

 

The motors moaned,

both big and little,

and stop lights flashed

like dashing parts

 

of a trace of light

in a northern sky.

Yet I felt comfort

among all the cars.

 

Far down the street

a siren sounded;

a fire truck moved

its shrill blast raging.

 

I turned to where the sea

ran into the shore;

my heart knew

a sensation of delight.

 

All the traffic

in all the world

hummed in my mind

that flawless day.

 

George S. Chappell, a resident of Rockland, is a former reporter with 30 years of experience. Since his retirement he has received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Goddard College in Vermont, and published three books of poetry. He teaches creative writing to adults at the public library in Waldoboro.

 

 

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