Wednesday, December 15, 2010

still remember

close to its centre


the stream still moves

still
remembers summer


while in its little
slow places

in
the tiny meanders

the water
drifts off

to sleep

21 comments:

Valerianna said...

Beautiful image - the water drifting off to sleep. I like that, as I am preparing to drift off to sleep, dreamily, like water.

Joanna said...

Oh my, those grasses standing in the still water are so serene. I like the idea of remembering summer. I can see that in the image. Lovely, as usual Steven. I so look forward to your posts.

Bee said...

What a whimsical thought: that the restless water gets to take a winter's nap!

Speaking of naps, when do you break up from school? (My daughters both finish today.) I hope you get LOTS of quality quiet time over the holidays, Steven.

Beautiful new header.

Elisabeth said...

They could be summer reeds, Steven, from here, and the idea of the river drifting off to sleep is lovely.

steven said...

valerianna - this stream froze over completely a week ago. at the time i took these pictures the ice was just starting to cover it over. steven

steven said...

joanna - yes there's something of the stillness of summer. i crossed this stream many many times on my bike rides out of town. it's a sudden and peaceful surprise. steven

steven said...

ahhhh bee. school ends on december 23rd for us. then it restarts january 6th. it's a long haul from september to here but it's really good and fun. i'll be taking a few winter naps myself over the break that's for sure!! steven

Pauline said...

indeed, the water remembers - both winter and summer, I imagine. Such beautiful thought, the small ones, yes?

sandra said...

I love this...!!

Reya Mellicker said...

I love thinking of winter as sleep rather than death or the revenge of Demeter.

All is sleeping in DC today, except Brother Wind who just can't settle down.

Dan Gurney said...

Just lovely! To think of water this way. And to imagine water evaporating is dying so it may be reborn in another place, another time as a raindrop.

sandra said...

beautiful...!!

Tess Kincaid said...

Ah, the contrast of the grass and the water here is pure bliss.

Friko said...

I wish I had your eye.

steven said...

pauline - the small thoughts - the ones about the small space, are the ones that i find easiest to understand and then also to love. they lead to the very big ones so quickly but then they become harder to grasp. steven

steven said...

sandra thankyou - - and thankyou! steven

steven said...

reya - this was a long day. i walked out the door at seven thirty. walked in at nine. windy blowy light falling snow. i scored a forty minute walk through the dark along little streets with wartime houses. it really settled me and got me back into a soft good space. steven

steven said...

dan that's where this is going!!! little cycles of sleep and rebirth and fully fledged living. rocks, trees, leaves, water...... steven

steven said...

tess i really love being beside small streams, little rivers. islands are the very best. to be near water with small spaces is pure bliss for me. steven

steven said...

friko - did you know i was born in england? yes, manchester. my sense of humour has deep roots in the goon show, tony hancock, and to some degree benny hill. so when i read your comment the first thing i thought was "well i've got two so i could probably spare one!" a bit irreverent i guess but that's me. tiggerish. steven

Linda Sue said...

Dang! what an awesome poem- STEVEN! You must make a book- you MUST! I insist! I will buy many copies, I swear! The stuff that just falls effortlessly out of your brain is DELICIOUS! Must- make - book.....