Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Sanctuary"



Sanctuary

Effervescent and plaintive -
a contradiction or so it seems,
my song, undeciphered

left behind as I rise,
sail into clouds upon ocean's spray
a spirit suspended -
almost an Assumption...

but with one last breath
I mercifully plunge, a gentle behemoth,
back into deep blue's silence
of bubbles, sunbeams, and vibrations -

an underwater sanctuary.
Can you hear my plea?

by Margaret Bednar, March 28, 2017


My dear friend, Toril, is an artist living in the driftless region of Wisconsin.  She can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/torilfineart/ and these fine fellows are for sale (there are actually three of them!) and many other new paintings she will be selling this spring & summer. 

With such beauty, it is daunting putting words to the feelings these images evoke... I am my own worst critic, I'm afraid... 



10 comments:

De said...

I think you have voiced these gorgeous creatures SO beautifully, Margaret. Your friend's paintings are breathtaking, and your words are perfect. I got to go on my first whale watching expedition last summer, and I can still remember the swell in my chest as they breached. Beyond words.

Mish said...

No living creature intrigues me more so I was thrilled that the whale was represented here. There is so much contrast between their massive size and their gentleness. I have yet to see the humpback but determined to some day. A beautifully penned poem.

brudberg said...

Love to have the voice of the whale here. I never seen a big whale, but it's a mighty giant that I would like to understand

Sumana Roy said...

'a gentle behemoth,' so true...it's lovely when human hands make them alive with brush and colors...or fold in prayer for them for sparing them from their own (human) kinds...nicely put...

paulscribbles said...

I enjoyed your connection of the image and the creature and I echo ( see what I did there?)your plea for sanctuary for these great beings.

Frank Hubeny said...

Nice description of the sanctuary from the perspective of the whale as "bubbles, sunbeams, and vibrations".

indybev said...

Fascinating giants of the deep. Beautiful poem!

Martin Kloess said...

Wonderfully woven words leading to a beautiful reflection

Grace said...

A magnificient creature ~ I specially like: a gentle behemoth Margaret ~

Outlawyer said...

I do hope the plea is heard! Thanks, Margaret. k.