September 30, 2020

Pic & Poem of the Week: November 20, 2016


Lake Radner at Thanksgiving Time

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Living Water

The green water of the pond is bumpy with fish
Whose round mouths snap at flies stuck
In the spider webs strung between rushes –

Wet spider webs drooping with dew,
Trembling in the morning light until
The sky darkens and drops fall, dimpling the water.

Drops turn to torrents. The fish dive to resist the draw of water
Cascading over the edge of the pond and down the slope
To stir the stream from its dreaming among the rocks.

The stream swells to a brown torrent,
Proud in its tumbled stones and torn branches
Until it slips unnoticed into the river –

The river that has swept the life of a continent into its arms
And bears its riches to the wild and open shore
To lay them at the feet of the ocean:

Ocean – salt, strong, its surface of shifting mountains;
Cold depths below swell slowly into the sunlight,
Tossing spray and mist into the moist air. Water rises into clouds,

Clouds that hover over the green fishpond.
A drop falls, ripples spread, rocking the rushes:
Beauty, baptism, blessing.


By Damaris Zehner


  1. narrow creek
    slashing waters
    deep silence

  2. I managed to scroll down to the end of the poem without disclosing the name of the poet until I was done reading. What a delightful surprise, Damaris! Happy Sunday, everyone!!!

  3. Enjoyed it.

  4. So beautiful, DAMARIS

    thank you 🙂

  5. Lake Radner is fantastic!

  6. I love the way Damaris speaks of the water cycle, and the flow from over-flowing pond to the moving stream to the river to the ocean, and the water being drawn up into the clouds that will come over the pond once more to begin renewed ……. so much in nature is evocative of the Creator and how ‘I make all things new’. 🙂

    I see this as blessing and as grace also, as Damaris has noted. We know that God gives grace to the humble of the Earth. The Eastern Orthodox fathers have a saying that illustrates this teaching and involves the example of the waters, the workings of gravity, and the blessing of renewal:
    “God descends to the humble as waters flow down from the hills into the valleys.”
    (St. John of Kronstadt)

    Damaris has written a multi-layered poem, wherein the Creation that is seen and unseen encounter one another and God’s renewal of Creation is celebrated as blessing. 🙂

  7. I thought this was wonderful, Damaris. I was enjoying your connections between verses without realising where you were heading then, once I realised that you were describing the whole water cycle, I laughed with pleasure. I’m going to see if I can get my 13 year old son to read it. He’s not (currently) a fan of poetry but he’s a champion pond-dipper, a keen geographer and is studying the water cycle at the moment. Perhaps this will be a window into poetry for him. Thank you.

  8. Magnificent poem! Bravo!