Saturday, May 19, 2012

Creek






the creek baits this spring morning
its gentle water rippling the cracked stones,
unbroken only by gulls catching the sun rays


I sit on the large boulder, casting out my fishing tackle
for school of fish, a broken twig or maybe a maple leaf
drifting above the overgrown moss, wild and untouched 


words crawl out from under pebbles, behind the forest trees, 
squirming past the squirrels, bounding after a woodpecker,
running the wooden trail, until they sink in my lap, drowsy


life is everywhere, not just a benefit in my office file, 
health is precious, not just a number I add up in my analysis sheet,
family means bonding, not a cause for declining a small case  


I angle my face to the calm wind,  flowing water    
standing, I throw my catch back into the sleeping creek,
cutting net, I know they will find me when I need them   


Posted for D'verse Poets Pub:   Poetics:   Tools of the Trade 


I walked with my son and daughter to the creek this morning.  What a lovely spring day ~

25 comments:

  1. life is everywhere, not just a benefit in my office file,
    health is precious, not just a number I add up in my analysis sheet,
    family means bonding, not a cause for declining a small case

    nice bit of truth in that...i like the fishing touches throughout...angle my face, the creek baits...cool stuff...glad you got to have that time with them...and they will come back...smiles....

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  2. Lovely - this is one of my favorites of yours. The verbs are great - the sentiments and general content better. k.

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  3. sounds like a peaceful and reflective moment...and great to share it with your kids as well...i like the getting grounded and rooted in nature..life is ...not just a benefit in my office file... good to drink life with an open mouth on a sunny spring day..

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  4. This is beautiful and gripping imagery: "wild and untouched words crawl out under the pebbles" (I would add "from" before "under"; this would create alliteration with "forest" on the same line)

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  5. This is beautiful, Grace! What lovely descriptions. We had a beautiful spring/summer day here too!

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  6. There is nothing more beautiful than a creek, and brought this one to life! Very nice!

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  7. This is lovely....the way to peace is through nature. Beautiful.. :)

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  8. What a wonderful walk! Loved the gentleness and the imagery.
    Really a very lovely read Grace!

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  9. "words crawl out from under pebbles, behind the forest trees... until they sink in my lap, drowsy": That's just beautiful. Nature gave you answers and you didn't have to think hard; they just came to you. (That's how I see it.)
    Your poem quieted my mind for a minute, which is very much appreciated. And what a lovely picture to start with! Thank you.

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  10. Lots of lovely lines in here for me, all very beautifully combined.
    'the creek baits the spring'
    'I angle my face to the calm wind'
    'cutting net, I know they will find me when I need them'

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  11. Lovely, refreshing response to the prompt, Grace. Enjoyed it.

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  12. Like a lazy morning, noon or afternoon on the creek, stated well. Calmness on the water and fishing, Great! gardenlilie.com

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  13. Yes, "life is everywhere..."

    Glad you had a nice day with your son and daughter.

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  14. Love the fishing :) What a magical place you describe - the opening has such a strong sense of serenity

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  15. This is lovely and a great response to the prompt. I was particularly gripped by:-

    life is everywhere, not just a benefit in my office file,
    health is precious, not just a number I add up in my analysis sheet,
    family means bonding, not a cause for declining a small case

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  16. The stanza, "life is everywhere..."; reflective, poignant, elegant.

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  17. Wonderful and thoughtful. Well penned. :)

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  18. Gorgeous response to the prompt. I adore that fourth stanza.

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  19. Nice - really reflective poem....reminds me of times by the riverbank- fishing is one of the times for quietness- and I can machine the words creeping our from underneath the rocks and from the trees....life affirming stuff for sure

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  20. Beautiful...enjoyed the visit...the peace and serenity!

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  21. Being in nature with family, fishing, writing, ah- lovely.

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  22. words crawl out from under pebbles, behind the forest trees,
    squirming past the squirrels, bounding after a woodpecker,
    running the wooden trail, until they sink in my lap, drowsy


    I love this and all, Grace!! I see words in this way too, I enjoyed this!

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  23. Yes, life is so much more than work...there is a balance to be had isn't there...love the visit to nature and the beauty you portray. It gives such a peaceful feel.

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  24. A very special poem, not least for that gem of a third stanza.

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