be the water

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Today the WP Poetry Challenge kicks off with an invitation to create haiku about water using simile. Water being one of the topics of my current writing, I am especially grateful for the nudge to start gathering my thoughts and my focus. Which, as will be evident over time, is as multi-faceted as water itself. THIS is barely enough to get your feet wet…

Four short and one longer haiku-based poem. Enjoy and please remember, sharing feedback below is the best gift a reader can offer.

They scale slipp’ry stone
relentless as water falls
rolling them over.

I seek an inner
fluidity not seen but
a way of seeing.

Words roll down the page
like water drops sliding off
a sea otter’s back.

Words erupt, geyser
like force splitting the silence
of still hard surface.

Curve ‘round the boulder,
turn to seek the level of
your greatest comfort.

Withdraw in the cold,
slow down, do not seek to speak
or travel far.

Water teaches us:
still too long, you foul the air,
self-satisfied stance.

Move too quickly, you
destroy the beauty you built
word by image, blur

color and form ‘til
nothing but mudslide, debris
remain of your work

like stormy ocean
destroying coastline once safe
with dune-anchored sand.

Take your time to sing,
meander, give permission
to sense – thus you live.

Through the seasons, you
measure growth through change, and change
through ongoing growth.