River View

Black River water runs dark and deep,
Breathing with the tide.
Pickerel weed, aster and roses
Splash color amid green grasses and reeds
Around ancient black cypress trees.
Their knees stand like women holding children
Looking out and waiting.
On the surface of dark water,
Bladderwort leaves lean with the tide.

Silent observers on the dock, we watch in awe
As four Tundra swans glide,
Heads erect, entertaining each other and us.
A straight line, equidistant partners,
One takes the lead across the river.
They turn and another heads them back.
Paired twosomes in a waltz.
One bends a long neck, stretches wide wings aflutter
Honking a signal they understand.

In unison, they fly over our heads and the trees
Traveling west with the afternoon sun.

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Ptc

4 comments

  1. “Black River water runs dark and deep,
    Breathing with the tide.”

    Ptc,

    I am hooked from line one. What a dynamic entry into the scene you paint with you pen.
    How I love this one!

    Swans are such graceful creatures. You have captured that grace and and have turned
    your reader into both observer and swan. As I read these lines I feel the rhythm of their
    waltz pulse through my blood.

    You do indeed have a rare gift!

    Sarah

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  2. Ptc,
    What a perfect combination of writing paired with photography! Like Sarah says you are gifted. You gift your readers with something special in this one. It’s mesmerizing.
    Keep writing and sharing.
    Jan

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  3. Hi Ptc

    Around ancient black cypress trees.
    Their knees stand like women holding children
    Looking out and waiting.
    On the surface of dark water,

    That image is stunning and underscore the scene with a maternal guardianship that is indicative of trees and their role in the wetlands or forest. Overall, this poem is breathtaking ( along with the photograph) which allows us , as the readers, to be there in the heart of this time and place. I think you have captured the awe and the respect we feel when observing such splendid creatures. Thank you for this!

    So much enjoyed!
    Wendy

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  4. ptc,
    Just stopping back by to read this refreshing poetry. Enjoyed rereading this on a hot August afternoon. Thank you.
    Jan

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