Short-term Rental

by Belinda Munoz on July 19, 2011

154550214_10f5f522b9Pin pricks on supine limbs
send micro electric currents
through resting nerves.
Depleted, sun-drenched senses surrender
to sweeping and steadfast heat.
Lilting local tunes echo from a distance,
reflections of peace radiating on rippling
sea of placid blue.

Prickly tingles fade with the sundown-whisked
froth of lavender, red, yellow, orange and pink,
a horizon of harmonious hues –
a burst of divertimento,
eager yet ephemeral, blanketing a
sea of placid blue.

Cable news on the tropics
tell tales from worlds away,
faint, foreign yet familiar.
The view from my lanai, a pinch of perfection –
an interruption embraced,
letting go for a moment that the opposite is true
on the shores beyond the deceptive
sea of placid blue.


I’m linking up with a brand new poetry site called the d’Verse Poets Pub, founded by the fabulous Brian Miller and Claudia Schoenfeld.

image by Automania

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 brian July 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

mmm…wish i could bring that beauty to many around the world…that are in dark times right now…


2 Elizabeth Young July 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Sea of blue… a lyrical poem around the wonders available to some. Nicely written.


3 Andy July 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I’ll be enjoying this view in a few weeks when I take my vacation in the Caribbean.

Lovely and serene.

Nice to meet you for the opening!


4 ayala July 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Sea of placid blue…my favorite place to be and this poem is gorgeous.


5 Pat Hatt July 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

“Shores beyond the deceptive” wish everyone would go there and stay, wise and wonderful words in this one, nicely done!


6 Nara Malone July 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I have been missing Hawaii all week, the beat of sea and beautiful sunsets and picking fruit from the tree for breakfast. Your poem increased that ache for the islands. I willing to go back to the fantasy.


7 hedgewitch July 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Depleted, sun-drenched senses surrender
to sweeping and steadfast heat.

I can relate to that–though it isn’t the heat of the serene paradise you give us in your poem. Enjoyed it much.


8 Meg July 20, 2011 at 4:26 am

It reads like it feels, warm, soothing, quietly musical :)


9 rob white July 20, 2011 at 5:38 am

Ah, you capture an overall essence of the unique calm and peace we only find on a summer sojourn.


10 TheKitchenWitch July 20, 2011 at 6:44 am

Gorgeous! My favorite: froth of lavender


11 Claudia July 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

i so love your heart for others belinda..and i love how you pack a political poem into such a sunset mood


12 poemblaze July 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

The world and it’s problems are always with us, no matter how beautiful the sunset. Thanks for sharing this.


13 Mama Zen July 21, 2011 at 7:12 am

I loved this. Your description of the sunset is perfection.


14 Sara Healy July 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm


This poem made sigh. I loved reading it aloud. I hope this is written from recent experiences and if so, I’m envious!!


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