Inspired by this magical photo by ©Paul Militaru
The green light and the blue
fly with bird of paradise wings
singing water songs through
thronging shadows in the stream
and dreams weave corded, threaded stories
of life and birth and new things forming
beneath the moonlight and the sunlight
of a million yesterdays.
Nights and days follow, circle,
and still the weaving is not done,
not unravelled in secret silence
but renewed, reflected,
revealed and replenished.
Perhaps if we grow wings,
we may catch the flying threads and read,
before the waters rush us, grass-stalk light,
into the gentle darkness,
over the edge of time.
From drought to flood this little world has shifted
the brilliant blaze of blue and brazen light
submerged in the undersea gloom
of swaying green fronds and the air is a river.
No sound but the soughing of the heavy boughs
wind blustering with gouts of rain
and silent cloud-clash in a sky grey as doom—
no pigeons shake wet feathers at the unseen sun.
But water runs again that sound a song
of spring remembered
when the paths are streams the ditches brooks
and the stream a raging torrent
the water song that bubbles up
from laden water table running
off sodden fields filling
the matted roots and stalks with silver ringing
bringing a promise of another spring
a green bright as sunlight gratitude
in the soaking supping of tree roots
and so much more to come.
More waterfalls. A cascade poem.
Water falls in echoes of the spring,
the rushing crystal tide that soaked the earth
and flooded green and growing seeded soil.
Beneath the summer sun, the ripples run
in ghosts of rivers, pattering of rain-
water that falls in echoes of the spring.
Ditches dry as dust, now hard-baked mud,
shaded by green spears, deep roots recall
the rushing crystal tide that soaked the earth.
I listen to the hiss of poplar leaves,
the susurration of the torrents past,
that flooded green and growing seeded soil.
The deluge ended at the end of the afternoon and the sun came out briefly. I took some photos of the wet. Unfortunately they don’t do justice to the scale. They only show the fast-running water and the deep lakes of it. They don’t show the sound of boots sinking into water and mud at every step, nor that the ditches are too wide to jump across and too deep to wade across. Fierce weather! It’s raining again…
This is the water running down the ditch outside the barn,
spilling over into the path that leads down to the bottoms
into another very fast-flowing ditch
along the willows.
The stream stayed within its banks at this point though it has carried away the dam made when the woodpecker’s tree was blown down. Just a part of the trunk is left.
There is now no culvert. The tufts of sedge mark where the path should cross the stream, which now flows straight over and cascades down the other side.
Between the ditch and the stream a lake is forming. Too deep to wade across in places.
It’s a lovely natural milieu, but it won’t stay like this. The farmers upstream will have dammed up the source of the stream and it will dry up completely if the summer is as dry as last year. There won’t be a drop of drinking water for the wildlife, nothing for the trees. The frogs will do whatever frogs do when their water source dries up, and the ducklings, well, I don’t know what will happen to them.
There are natural events and environments. Sometimes they get a bit out of hand, like at the moment, but everything goes back into its bed eventually. The willows were planted along the bottoms almost a hundred years ago because there is always water there. Except that often nowadays, when the maize or the sugar beet takes priority, there isn’t. It’s when we tamper with things that lasting damage occurs. I’m hoping for at least a bit of rain over the summer.
Chunter of the wood stove, perpetual
sound and motion of disintegration;
ash falls with small explosions, red
flowers before the grey and dusty end.
So many days we have not seen the sun,
and the sky moves sluggish and slow,
the flock thickens… This heavy soil slops
under water where boots splash, and if you
listen hard, you can hear it pop and sigh.
Birds sing regardless. Spring is coming.
I was very much impressed by this photo by Paul Militaru.
trees dance either way
A watery poem for the dverse prompt. And a Redon painting because I love it.
Rain runs in rivers into
prismed oceans of rainbows
cerulean cells fill sky-mirrors
with silver scales scintillating;
life laughs in a glass of water.
Pull me down an arid star
and arose it with sparkling seas.
Watch it burgeon and burst
in thunderbolts and floral fountains.
Lap up a desert
and delve among the debris of thirst.
Source springs skyward
with its liquid seeds.
So many crystal forests
draped in green garb
weed and moss-clad
echoing with seal shanties and siren songs,
tossed in the dewy air
into the throat of this thrush
trilling in the tree top.
to his water music.
light like water
drips from sky to ditch and stream
rises in dusk mist
Day breaks and the rushing rain
is running rivulets through the grass.
Where her feet tread, water springs,
and speedwell, blue as her eyes peeps.
She walked this way in the dawn,
when the thrush was singing
and the sun a promise behind the hills.
She trod lightly where the iris spears
throng about the overflowing well.
She brought the sun in her fiery tresses
bedecked the fallen willow trees,
and from her swirling skirts
bright water ran and rushed,
shining streams of the eternal sky.
Today the weather is changing, from wet and mild and springlike, to a mini ice age. The wind last night veered to the north and blew the clouds away. Today is sunny and still warm, but it isn’t going to last. The meteo office refers to it as the Moscow-Paris. It’s going to get cold.
I walked around the homestead and tried to get some pics before it gets too cold to take gloves off outside. It’s difficult trying to hold a dog’s lead at the same time, hence the bit of camera shudder here and there.
The wild cherries are covered in blossom, especially far on is this very old one, even though the pic is a bit blurry.
The grass is full of Muscari, little grape hyacinths.
and kingcups, especially in the damp places.
Beneath the trees, husband has been clearing the brambles, but the lungwort seems undeterred.
We have one clump of wild daffodils. The neighbour has a field full of them.
Everywhere is running with water. The stream…
the overflow from next-door’s pond.
The next pics will be of the frost, if I dare go out in it.