It's a Still Life

August 11, 7:33 p.m. 

The river was up and running fast, 
flooding waters, flowing up onto the banks
scaring critters and surprising snakes 
caught in the fast lane
their world turned upside down
until the waters recede
or dry land safely reached. . 

Just past the trees
out of the shadows
 the river 
speeds by 
with delightful abandon
but near the shore
the water is silent 
and still, reflecting
those lucky enough to 
be rooted
and not alarmed

Turtles bob up and down 
as they play in the calm; 
spiders and water bugs 
skitter across the water
not caring that 
on the other side of the trees 
their neighbors 
were being washed away
in a  roller coaster ride
to 
somewhere

And maybe some,
 flying by... 
are thinking
how sad
that those in the calm
aren't enjoying the ride 

30 comments:

  1. Terri -
    This is beautiful - your reflections and descriptions.
    Picture is lovely as well!

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  2. suh-weet! i love the calm. let the others enjoy the rush. i'll take peace. :)

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  3. I am with Tex on the enjoy the calm, the poem is beautiful and perfect.

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  4. Speaking of being washed away, it's pouring here!

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  5. The picture is so beautiful...it gives me goosebumps. I love what you've written!

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  6. Words with the photo, this is a story to be printed and published, picture/word perfect. Hugs,Jean

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  7. You paint as descriptive a picture with your words as you do with your camera. Wonderful insight.

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  8. Very nice and beautiful photo. Always makes you think....when it rains, it pours! We had a downpour for just a few minutes today. It looks so beautiful now with everything green and wet! Hugs!

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  9. Is this your writing, Terri? It is great, just wonderful!

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  10. Lovely words. They fit the imagery perfectly.

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  11. I really like the descriptive poetry you have to tell about a flooding river. It's almost like being there.

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  12. Lovely words to go with your photo! I love the river's waters.

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  13. Nice picture and words - would be a nice place to just sit and pass an hour or three!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  14. Nicely done! I like how you presented this post.

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  15. Loved the picture, loved the poem.

    Hope you are having a nice long weekend.
    K.

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  16. Lovely capture and words Beautifull Terri x

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  17. Happy Labor Day... Hope you are having a great day. We finally got some rain here this weekend (which we needed)--but this week promises to be a hot one... I'm SO ready for Fall...

    Woooo---floods can be so hard not only on humans but especially on the critters out there... We had a flood watch out this weekend --but got only a little here. Some places nearby got much more rain than we did.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  18. I think if it were me I'd rather be on the calm side then the wild ride. Lovely poem and a very pretty photo to go with it.

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  19. Love the reflections and the calm! And your words!!
    Good Morning Terri!

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  20. Breathtaking words to accompany a breathtaking picture :-)

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  21. Such a lovely photo and I really enjoyed reading this post. You have captured it all so beautifully. xo Karen

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  22. Your very talented with your words and your photography always captures the beauty you see. I am never disappointed with your posts....☻

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