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.

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

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

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

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

BE THE WATER!!
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.

swb

as the river

morning stillness

credit – swb

Today is the final day of the five-day haiku challenge at WordPress, first suggested on Monday at DPChallenge. This has been fun and who knows, might even start a new trend. For years I have written a six-line poem a day (thanks to Thich Nhat Hanh’s suggestion). Admittedly, the haiku is less spontaneous, requiring more concentration and focus.  Perhaps the mix will motivate going forward.

And with that, today’s offering:

Tidal rivers fall,
rise, inspiration not with
standing. Poems, too.

swb