Saturday, April 11, 2009

Prompt 59: Live Water

Thanks to Sue of Sunflower Roots for this week's prompt, live water. Thanks to he for supplying this poem and photo, too.

Live Water

the creek flute dances
a natural accompaniment
‘neath work and sleep;
its liquid silver ballet
skips stones, bends grasses,
to wind slender fingers
through my day;
live water
embraces the hours
with subliminal music.

April 6, 2009

In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Bantam Books 1974), poet Annie Dillard writes “Live water heals memories.” It is from Dillard that I first learned how to view the world through both the eyes of a naturalist and a poet. This book is a treasure to be savored, the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s day, especially one spent near creeks and woods.

Photo is by sgreerpitt April 6, 2009, the creek running near our yard in Letcher County, Kentucky.

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  1. Happy Easter to all!
    Sue, thank you for this prompt, it gave me fits. But as usual for me I had fun with it and enjoyed trying to meet your challenge.

  2. I really did enjoy all the prompts that have been keyed in so far. All of them were beautiful. Anyway, Happy Easter to everyone! :)

  3. hello sue,

    many thanks for 'a naturalist{ic) '
    and philosophical prompt and ur wonderful poem /(with a reference)-
    [ur mr.linky link is leading up to the previous prompt poem 'listening' ]

  4. My first impression of usquebaugh ("Live Water") was a breathless choking essentially a sort of a tear gas mugging. I am more impressed with it now that its moderate restorative properties are clearer to me.

  5. I was hoping we'd get to do this prompt - think I advocated for it too when Sue suggested it. Thank you Sue!

  6. hello... i posted last week but when i came back i was gone... no problem tho thought i would mention it...

  7. Love this prompt Sue, as well as your poem and the reference to Annie Dillard and her book, 'Pilgrim at Tinker Creek'. One of my favorite lines from the book is, '“I come down to the water to cool my eyes. But everywhere I look I see fire; that which isn’t flint is tinder, and the whole world sparks and flames.”

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  9. I feel so left out, today is the deadline for filing taxes, as most of you know. I am a little stress. I will be glad to get back to reading tomorrow.

    I thank all of you who took the time to drop in at my place and leave your foot prints. Thanks!