Quench This Thirst

Quench This Thirst

Give me a forest trail
beneath radiant amber leaves
that dance playfully in sunlight,
past stony outcrops that speak
of history embraced in layers of time
that seeps to form rivulets of life
that feed streams great and small.

Take me to the banks of those rivers
where the forest’s roots reach to the water.
Just as their thirst is quenched,
let mine be so, that I may know
the beauty of leaves, of water, and of sky.

This poem is my response to Three little words, the prompt from Sarah at dVerse ~ Poets Pub, which is to use one of the provided sets of three words in a poem. The sets of words are from “What 3 Words,” a project that divides the entire world into 3-meter squares, giving each square a 3-word designation. From the provided list, I have chosen quench.forest.rivers to use in my poem.

Immersion ~ concrete poetry


Today is Day 9 of National/Global Poetry Writing Month,
and the prompt at napowrimo.net is to write a concrete poem,
one in which the lines and words are organized to take
a shape that reflects in some way the theme of the poem.

Unfortunately, I’m having difficulty formatting the text on the page
in the WordPress editor, but the lower half of the image shows how it appears on my screen.
Click on the image for a larger view in a new tab.

Formatted differently, the poem might appear as below.


More than a tool, in my hands
this paddle is an extension of myself,
the limits of my energy removed,
creating a connection with that which
already is the core of my essence,
in turn allowing me to become as one
with the very nature of all that surrounds me
and affects me so profoundly.


on the river – troiku

on the river
lights float to the horizon
the dead rejoice

on the riveron the river
waves reflect the setting sun
fitting end of day               

lights float to the horizon
shimmering like dancing fish
brilliance at nightfall

the dead rejoice
last light fading into night
weary souls at rest

on the river_aThis troiku is my response to Carpe Diem Weekend-meditation #3 on the river. A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku.
Image: Sunset on the Niagara River
Lower image source: AliExpress.com