Paddle paused, the kayak continues
drifting upstream, the mild current
offering little resistance. The wake
continues towards shore, calmer
in its own wake, until rippled
reflections become serene,
the kayak still, and the waves
only a memory.

This is my response to Poetics: Impermanence
the prompt from Merril at dVerse Poets Pub.

Image: Moreau River, Missouri, June 2018
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60 thoughts on “Impermanence

    • Thank you. Unless the water is high, it can be such a mild current that it does become a juxtaposition of drifting upstream, effortlessly. Just thinking about that makes me smile. Having that experience, it just seems so natural to say. Thank you for reminding me how special it is.

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  1. I also enjoyed this moment on the water. However, I have some confusion about the words “rippled
    reflections becomes serene” specifically, my predicate spider sense is tingling here. Wonder whether you mean us to read that the one wake becomes serene or the plural reflections become serene. Go figure I still can’t make it fit right. Thankfully the ripples catch me happy to see the water, hear the end of winter.

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    • Thank you, and yes. I try for at least one reflection photo when I’m on the water. Often it’s midstream, and I need to be still for five minutes if I want perfectly calm water. Meanwhile, the current, mild as it is, has other ideas on where I should be. Often, the trick is to rest my paddle, get a quick focus and shoot as I drift forward, with my wake still beside or behind me. It’s a hard life, I know.

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    • The weather & temperatures here, in mid-Missouri, are up and down all winter, so I usually can find a day at or above 50ºF. That way I manage to get on the water at least once a month. If the smaller streams still are frozen, I have a couple of good-sized rivers within 10 miles of home.


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