Making Their Own Breeze ~ with audio

Making Their Own Breeze

The water of the Moreau River,
as motionless as the leaves of the giant sycamore
half-submerged with roots projecting skyward,
victim of spring’s high waters but determined
to send nourishment to branches willing
those leaves to life, and as still as the air
on this hot August day as my kayak sits
under a stone ledge, too high for me to reach
when volume and current are stolen by the recent
lack of rain, still feels cool to the touch in this shade
I have found, shared by the bank swallows darting
to their nests and back into the sunlight, no breeze
needed for their aerial antics as they skim the water
for a drink, then rocket up, only to turn abruptly
to feed in flights that would make any bat proud,
all of this reflected in that still water of the Moreau.

This poem is my response to Poetics: Flight of Fancy,
the prompt from Laura at dVerse ~ Poets Pub.

35 thoughts on “Making Their Own Breeze ~ with audio

  1. I really enjoyed the quiet contemplation of this piece, with a great sense of place, and a meditative all-stop moment while the swallows flit and drink; just magical.

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  2. Excellent poem. I love the details here, especially this:

    “The water of the Moreau River,
    as motionless as the leaves of the giant sycamore
    half-submerged with roots projecting skyward,
    victim of spring’s high waters but determined
    to send nourishment to branches willing
    those leaves to life…”

    You really do know how to hook your reader. This is a beautiful, captivating piece. Very lovely and visceral.

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  3. I love the poem and the reading, Ken. You set the scene beautifully, the still water of the Moreau ‘as motionless as the leaves of the giant sycamore / half-submerged with roots projecting skyward’ and ‘as still as the air / on this hot August day’, with the motionless kayak under a stone ledge’, and then my gaze is guided to the amazing aerial antics of the swallows, and everything comes alive, double as it is reflected in the water.

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