Summer

Summer
When possibility
Permeates everything

The canyons and creeks
Haven’t changed
But you..

Find joy
On a new path
Towards greater vistas

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems


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Rocks

Inspired by the view from Artist Point – Mount Diablo State Park, California. See more nature poems in the book Enchanted Bay Area


Looking back over
Everything that was
Getting over the rocks
That were harder to pass

Time is the healer
That tirelessly draws
A pattern of hope
Over life’s great expanse

Seeing the bigger picture
Beautiful with the scars
A point to be grateful..
Rocks can be north stars

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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Poetry about Places

Manifesting the Book: Enchanted Bay Area

Early in 2016, I started out with a handful of new nature inspired poems and a big goal to publish another Book of Poetry about Places. Here is a look at my journey and how I found inspiration to create Enchanted Bay Area.

Visualization:

As a child I imagined enchanted places I had never seen… In the San Francisco Bay Area, I discovered the landscapes I dreamed about really did exist. “Enchanted” is what springs to mind every time I see a redwood tree. This word has been in my heart ever since I read about the The Enchanted Wood in Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree series many many years ago. A word that I felt had to be in a title of one of my own books.

After publishing my first book California Serenade, I knew writing poetry about nature and places was far from over. There was more inspiration out there and I was prepared to receive it. A memorable visit to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Southern California moved me to put a beautiful sunset on my vision board for a future book cover. And the power of visualization was at work…

Direction:

After releasing Sparkle Forever celebrating Friendship, I began writing a new batch of poems with divine promptings through nature. And the February sunshine revealed a new goal – to dedicate my next collection to the Bay Area. My favorite quotation from the Bible in Philippians 4:8 always reminds me to think about whatever is lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Keeping this scripture front and center, I put my heart into writing a Book of nature inspired poems – about the place I love.

Production:

Production took 6 months, drawing inspiration from magical experiences over several years – living, visiting and working in various parts of the Bay Area. Some of the poems were composed during commutes to the Silicon Valley – some during quiet time looking back on travels in Northern California. One was written after watching an episode of OpenRoad with Doug McConnell. Another seeing a flower outside my door…

Motivation:

Staying energized and hopeful about the project was easy as I made joyful discoveries along the way. One significant piece of literature I read during the making of this book, was “The Canticle of Creation by Saint Francis of Assisi”. Hence the poem Visitation. From concept to finished product, I am most grateful for the friends who listened to me talk about the Book and encouraged me while I was working on it. An essential part of the process!

Completion:

Completing Painter’s Rhapsody, my favorite poem in the collection, was my sign to prepare to publish. Finding a photo for the cover was a challenge and I was blessed to be connected with Ron Horii who had the perfect image waiting for me – I just had to comb through his wonderful collection to find it. While I started out looking for a photo of the hills and wildflowers, when I saw the Hayward shoreline at sunset – I knew this was the one.

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I hope the poems in Enchanted Bay Area inspire you to venture outdoors and explore beautiful places – relishing every opportunity to be in nature – noticing whatever is lovely, everywhere.

Be open to the magic!
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Rainy Dawn

The azure blue heavens
covered with splashes of silver

The cold morning is filled
with rain clouds all over

But the sun still remembers
to stream from beyond..

How beautiful is this rainy dawn

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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Pink Gift

Inspired by a spectacular November sunrise in the Bay Area


A pink glow
Across the horizon
The precursor
For a burst of silver

Heading eastward
Into the winter
A gift of fresh hope
Wrapped in gold

When the heart needs
New inspiration
And the road takes me
Away from home

God knows
How to unveil
The unwritten psalm
In a spectacular sunrise

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems


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Purple Petals

This morning
Outside my window
Like a butterfly
In slow motion
I watched
A petal fall
And I wondered
How long before
This phenomenon
Would be gone

I stepped outside
To take a look
And their color
Made me smile
These petals..
I told myself
Are going to be
Vibrant for a while

Dazzling in the sun
They seem to say
We may not be
Here forever
But we shall shine
While we’re here.
From the flowers
Of the same tree
We are purple after all

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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Red leaves in summer

Mother Nature has a way of reminding us of what we need when we need it – Samanthi Fernando

Gazing out a Cafe window
One afternoon in summer
Amidst all the greenery – one tree spoke to me..

In red leaves I saw written
“The courage to be different”
The opening phrase – from the journals of my youth

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Nature Prayer

Lord, thank you for the vast landscape you spread before me, the wonderful places where your glories abound. Thank you for every rock and tree that speaks to me of your presence. Thank you for sending your love to me in colorful flowers all around. Thank you for showing me the mountains and trees in every season – the constants and variables of nature filled with your messages. Thank you for the green and blue mirrors of water, where I find your peace perfectly reflected. Thank you for the birds you send to keep me company and remind me you are always near. Thank you for the layers of magic, you reveal to me with the sun and the moon. And thank you for the clouds and stars you surprise me with – making the sky my journal of blessings.

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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Abundant joy

A burst of color
Beside the freeway
Branches filled with joy
Waving on a breezy day

Fusion of purple
With captivating pink
A message for the heart
Surely written in divine ink

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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Happy March

Let me show you
the flowering tree
Beautiful
as this friendship
between you and me

We’re coming into
a season of joy
With time
to share everything
hopeful that we see

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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