Friday, 18 October 2019

the poetry of water

I have always found my way ...
to waters' poetry ... for I am drawn
by inspiration ... to brooks
and springs ... that I can step across with ease

I am drawn ...
to capricious creeks that vanish and return
to rivers-of-change ... as constant ...
as a mountain range ... though in winter ... shrouded ...
beneath ... ice and snow

I am drawn ...
to lakes and to lake ponds and to lagoons ...
to oceans ... to the deep abiding sea

I have always found my way ...
to waters' poetry ... and go there still ...
and often now
it comes to me

I close my eyes … remember … and it comes to me
in the purl and ripple of a phrase
in the crash and swirl that stirs expression 
in the ebb and flow of lapping waves

upon a jagged shore or sandy beach
along a stony bank or tall grass knoll
beside a crooked creek or vast blue sea
I close my eyes
and I am there ... in waters' poetry

Photo:  Twin Island Blue – M.S. Bourke

© 2019 Wendy Bourke 


  1. I do think there is something magical about being near a body of water - whether it be an ocean or a lake or a brook. Very inspiring, in addition to being calming. Water transports a person - either physically or in one's imagination. Beautiful writing, Wendy.

  2. How very beautiful and what a wonderful way to get swept along with water poetry

  3. I love the water too... often I feel that water is the perfect music... music being poetry. The only water I find hard to cope with in poetry is the pouring rain and wet feet.

  4. This is so beautiful, Wendy. Your phrases trickle into my being like the creeks and rivers themselves. So lovely.

  5. Water to me is poetry. I can become mesmerized in it's beauty. It seems to bring a sense of calmness. I even like walking in the rain from time to time. It seems cleansing.

  6. Water is my favourite metaphor for poetry. The way ebbs and flows and possesses so many wonderful qualities makes it an endless well of inspiration.

  7. Oh Wendy this is a new favorite for me of yours! Water is so mysterious and beautiful! I can relate to how it inspired your poetry!

  8. This is beyond beautiful!❤️ I love water and its symbolism when it comes to poetry. There is something deeply poignant about the ebb and flow which is similar to the up and downs in life.

  9. Beautiful. Love the sound of water and how it makes poetry

  10. Water does have its own sense of rhythm and imagery--I love this Wendy--I feel its eddies and currents flow throughout--beautiful write!

  11. Absolutely beautiful Wendy; what a delight it was to read.

  12. I can relate to that.. my first poetry collection, by the way, is titled Water to Water!!!!

  13. A sheer delight to read, as I too love bodies of water and have found I can't bear to live too far from.

  14. Me too, my friend, me too. There is so much poetry in the natural flow of water. Beautifully put.

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