Poetry Friday: Back from Vacation with An Ode to St.John

We returned to the gray skies of Minneapolis yesterday, where I noticed upon leaving the airport that everything was gray – not just the skies! The buildings, the roads, the bark on the trees – even the State Capitol building – were all gray.

St. Capitol of Minnesota, St. Paul. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2023.

My husband and I were returning from a week in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) where it was 79 and sunny every day! Even though it’s February, the colors there are vibrant and alive. The flowers, trees, and flowering shrubs were all in bloom, the water was crystal clear, and various shades of teal, aquamarine, and turquoise, the sky was cobalt blue with white clouds, and even the buildings reflected joy in bright pinks, oranges, blues, and yellows in true Caribbean style.

Noticing the gray, upon our return prompted the following poem. It’s not finished, still in draft form, but will eventually be added to my Color Poem Collection which I hope to publish this spring.

Ode to St. John

Turquoise waters glistened in the sun
While children played in the soft white sand for fun

Catamarans slid silently by
Their sails unfolded without a sigh

Fuschia, lavender, and yellow flowers
Dot the landscape with their colorful powers

A centuries old windmill stands high on a hill
Now, while abandoned, people still come for a thrill

An incredible view, the best that I've seen,
Leads to a white beach, where the ladies are lean.

Green surrounds all other colors here,
A rainbow fed life puts away any fear.

Upon our return to our northern latitude,
I'm determined to not let gray skies affect my attitude!

© Draft, Carol Labuzzetta, All Rights Reserved.
Published American Author

This trip will keep me going through the rest of the gray winter months and beyond. Like, Fredrick the Mouse, I've stored the colors of the Caribbean in my mind for joy and fortitude until spring arrives in Wisconsin!  Let me fortify you with a few of my favorite photos from the trip.
Sapphire Beach on Smith Bay, St. Thomas, USVI. ˙ Carol Labuzzetta, 2023. All Rights Reserved.
Honeymoon Beach on St. John, USVI. part of the US National Park on St. John. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2023. All Rights Reserved.
Magens Bay Beach on St. Thomas, USVI. National Geographic named this beach as one of teh top 10 in the world. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2023. All Rights Reserved.
Celosia in Bloom on St. Thomas. USVI. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2023. All Rights Rserved.
The Westin, St. John, USVI. We took a snorkel trip that departed from this resort. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2023. All Rights Reserved.
View from a centuries-old windmill on St. John. Hawksnest Beach is below. St. John, USVI. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2023. All Rights Reserved. 2023.
Sugarcane plantation windmill on a hilltop on St. John, USVI. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2023. All Rights Reserved.

Today is Poetry Friday. The host for the round-up this week is Carol at Beyond Literacy Link where she is featuring our winter postcard exchange organized by Jone Rush Mac Culloch. Thank you for hosting, Carol. This is the second year I’ve participated in this exchange and truly enjoy communicating in an “old-fashioned, thoughtful, snail-mail way.” I save all the postcards I receive from the participants, whom I consider my poetry friends! Thank you, all!

Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas. © Carol Labuzzetta, All Rights Reserved.

If you want to read more about our trip, you can visit my Medium. com page or these links:






10 thoughts

  1. Wow–how beautiful. I like this line–” a rainbow fed life puts away any fear,” and I hope your drowning in color sticks with you for weeks!


  2. It’s the ocean colors I miss the most when I return from the sea. Wow, what beauty you have left, so I understand your lovely capture in a poem, Carol. I love the idea of “colorful powers”. Keep them close!


  3. Oh, my! How beautiful. What an artists’ date. Just enough color to enjoy and get you through to real spring. Color poems…what a great idea!


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