– 10/17/18

      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.

      ~ Kathabela

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      Swan (Photo - Natalia Kuznetsova).

      Swan (Photo – Natalia Kuznetsova).

      Rachel Sutcliffe

      lakeside dusk
      a swan settles
      on my shadow

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      Haiga by Carol Raisfeld

      Haiga by Carol Raisfeld

      Carol Raisfeld

      day’s end
      the horizon begins to fade
      into the sea

      the beach crowds
      are gone
      I collect driftwood and shells
      with seagulls for company

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      Pond (Photo - Ruth Zuckschwerdt).

      Pond (Photo – Ruth Zuckschwerdt).

      Ruth Zuckschwerdt

      I sit
      by my pond in the garden
      make me focus
      on the wind

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      Haiga by Barbara Kaufmann

      Haiga by Barbara Kaufmann

      Barbara Kaufmann

      ocean breeze
      the sound of solitude
      in my ears

      wetland path all my thoughts fly away

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      Calm by water (Photo - Rachel Sutcliffe).

      Calm by water (Photo – Rachel Sutcliffe).

      Christina Sng

      my constant
      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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      1. Sahaj Sabharwal says:


        Minors are those less than eighteen,
        As they don’t have knowledge in keen.

        They don’t have a driving licence,
        As don’t have driving sense.

        Minors are given just pen and page,
        Their life is not more than a cage.

        Holiday is not given even on sundays,
        As their age is negligible for fundays.

        Parents are worried not to get blame,
        From minors they just want their fame.

        Circumstances are same for every minor,
        Parents are just their life designer.

        -Sahaj Sabharwal.
        -Chowk Chabutra,
        -11th Class.

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      2. Kath Abela Wilson says:

        I love to have a few calm moments to revisit our poetry corner, this time from Shanghai! Thank you all for writing your poems and comments here and continuing this corner in a special way. I would choose our Poetry Corner as a Quiet Place to come and be inspired!

      3. Richard Grahn says:

        this evening I sit
        with words
        softly embued
        with the peace of water
        enchantress of souls

        Nice work poets!

      4. Alex Nodopaka says:

        Rhythmic lapping waves
        Lull slumbering voyager
        Into warm torpor

      5. Pat Davis says:

        Dear Kathabela and contributing poets,
        I read and reread Ruth Zuckschwerdt’s wonderful poem. I felt myself in that setting, wishing I had a similar pond outside my window! Such a rich experience. Thanks,
        Pat Davis

        • RuthA says:

          Hello Pat,
          I am glad you like my poem and the picture of my pond. Oh, I wish we could sit together by the water, just watching the heron…

      6. just as a twig
        makes a rustle in the calm
        unsettling its stay
        so much around sleepless
        ever active in this task

      7. Natalia Kuznetsova says:

        Beautiful and peaceful…
        Just looking at the images and reading the lines fills you with tranquility

        morn at the lake…
        “the bliss of solitude”*
        Wordsworth’ quote

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