Hosted by Kathabela Wilson
Last week as we searched out our quiet places, I found that so many poets felt the calming influence of water in a special way. So this collection was born. We want to live by water, go to water for refuge, or bring a watery environment of inspiration to ourselves, as Ruth Zuckschwerdt has done, by creating her own beautiful pond.
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a swan settles
on my shadow
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the horizon begins to fade
into the sea
the beach crowds
I collect driftwood and shells
with seagulls for company
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by my pond in the garden
make me focus
on the wind
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the sound of solitude
in my ears
wetland path all my thoughts fly away
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need for quiet
at the bottom
of the sea
I envy the shark
in its quiet place
Calm Waters: Quotes and Credits
Rachel Sutcliffe lives in the UK. She says: “I have always found that being near water calms me. It’s my preferred place the retreat to to regroup myself…be it the sea, lake or river.”
Carol Raisfeld lives in Atlantic Beach, New York. She says: “Last days of summer… Very soon it will be just the sound of the waves…and me collecting shells with the seagulls and plovers for company.”
Ruth Zuckschwerdt says: “I live in in the North Eastern Corner of Switzerland on a hill, overlooking a beautiful lake. We built our pond when we were setting up the garden, however, it has grown quite a bit since. We love the atmosphere it creates and as it is located in front of our dining room window; we are always right in it. The precious pond in my garden inspires me to write, to meditate or to just relax.”
Barbara Kaufmann lives in New York. She says: “My quiet place is anywhere near the ocean, the bay or the wetlands that surround my island home. There the breeze, the water and the abundance of flora and fauna have a way of heightening my senses and, at the same time, calming my spirit.”
Christina Sng lives in Singapore. She says: “Living in the city, there’s little escape from the din, save for the night when all is quiet and calm. Those are the hours I feel most at peace, a much needed time to rest and recharge before another day envelops us again.”
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