Monday, March 16, 2020

The Pond


The Pond

Water violets and lotus bejewel the pond,
lily pads sprinkle the surface, little oasis's
reflecting the sun for painted turtles, dragonflies, and snails.

Silence is a bubble of air floating to its surface,
a butterfly winging its way, a tree limb's leaves
dabbling its reflection;

yet, what is it that lures and whispers "Peer closely",
my eyes squint, search for a crystalline scrim
beneath willow's shade as goosebumps caress my limbs?

Surely fairies who flutter in at dusk,
dance delicately from pad to pad,
feet leaving misty patterns come morn

as wings of gossamer silk
and skin luminous as the moon slip away,
envelope in mist and mystery

leaving me entranced, eagerly wishing
for a glimpse at water's edge.

by Margaret Bednar, March 16, 2020

This is linked with "Artistic Interpretations #2"  MY NEW CHALLENGE OPEN TO EVERYONE.  Please click over and consider playing along.  It is a bi-monthly challenge and stays open for two weeks.  It can also be accessed at the top left of my blog.

Also linked with "Poets and Storytellers United - Writer's Pantry #11"

This poem has been updated (and I hope improved) by accepting the challenge at "Poets and Storytellers United #11- Hypophora and all that" where we ask a question and answer it. 

16 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

Words like "dreamy" and "enchanting" and "spellbinding" come to mind while I read this one. The descriptions linger, like the song of water and the green of leaves.

indybev said...


I just know this is a magic pond deep in the forest accessible only by fairies and dreamers. I've been looking for it all my life … ever since I read "Girl of the Limberlost" when I was 11 or 12!

Dr. Anita Sabat said...

Nature comes alive.
I remembered the story of Thumbelina :)
Take care! Have a great week!

C. Sandlin said...

Lovely...I just want to drift along through this poem. :)

Old Egg said...

Whata great poem to take my mind off the world falling apart with the corona virus. I was able to drift away in the natural world without a single worry.

Kim M. Russell said...

This is the sort of poem I like to read at a difficult time, Margaret. It appeals to all the senses, and to dreams. I love the line ‘Silence is a bubble of air floating to its surface’.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is utterly gorgeous, Margaret!💝 I especially love; "Silence is a bubble of air floating to its surface,a butterfly winging its way, a tree limb's leaves dabbling its reflection." Thank you so much for writing to the prompt!😍😍

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

How lovely – and yes, I do like the placing of the question. It seems very natural, hard to imagine the poem without it, yet it does add to the interest.

Gillena Cox said...

Luv whimsical especiall in this era of virtual community

Happy Wednesday

Much✏love

Revived Writer said...

Magical!

Susie Clevenger said...

This is so beautiful, and brings me such needed peace. Gorgeous imagery

Rommy said...

Part of being a poet is being able to stop and listen when something calls to you to come a little closer.

Helen said...

Susie said it ... peace you brought us peace.

purplepeninportland.com said...

I love the dreamy other-worldliness of this, Margaret.

Jim said...

Margaret, I'm entranced!!! Its a Goosebumpy poem for me. I love fairies and fairy gardens.
"... fairies who flutter in at dusk,
dance delicately from pad to pad..." came to the front, I was thinking of them even before. BTW, the whole British Isles love them.

Vivian Zems said...

(My apologies for a late response...covid- 19 had me busy! )

This is the sort of poem I just want to immerse myself in. Love the metaphor of silence being 'a bubble of air floating to its surface'... sublime.