Sunday, May 20, 2018

Still Waters

©2018 Susan Noyes Anderson 

O be not lulled by placid sea
nor lapping waves
of harmony

stand warily beneath a sky
of azure born
to soothe the eye

lean soft against the stolid tree
serene in all
its symmetry

embrace but do not claim the breeze
that rustles gently
through the trees

for deep within each peaceful thing
a wildness waits
and will be seen

the oceans roar, the heavens burst
the branches whip
the winds reverse

and e'en my steady soul breaks free
the wild in me


Sometimes I fear the wildness in this world, but I make every effort to seek and appreciate the good in it. Quotes like the ones below help me find my way to acceptance, even appreciation. (I do confess that nothing thrills me more than a violent thunderstorm or waves pounding the beach with unyielding ferocity, so maybe there is a bit more of the wild in me than I realize.)

"God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow alongside the highway."
– Cyndi Lauper

"Wild waves rise and fall when they arrive; and that's what makes the peaceful sea alive."
– Munia Khan

"She found herself over a long and treacherous road, and the more treacherous the road became, the more of herself she found."
– Atticus Poetry

The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy."
– John Muir

"By forces seemingly antagonistic and destructive, Nature accomplishes her beneficent designs - now a flood of fire, now a flood of ice, now a flood of water; and again the fullness of time, and outburst of organic life." 
– John Muir

"All the wild world is beautiful; everywhere and always we are in God's eternal beauty and love."
– John Muir

Our Creator didn't get this wrong. It's what we do with the wildness that matters. 


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ZQ said...

Awesome! a wonderful reading for me.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is incredibly lovely and soothing!💜 Especially love; "embrace but do not claim the breeze that rustles gently through the trees."💜

Donna said...

I too enjoyed reading this as it rolled like a wild wind through the trees!


colleen said...

Classic. The lapping waves always lull me.

Mary said...

You are right - the creator did not get it wrong. We did and continue to get it wrong. I like the idea that deep within everything peaceful is something wild. And I think we must embrace that wildness as well!

Rommy said...

I think most people have a bit of wildness in them. It's what we do with that wild energy that counts.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I loved this--there is a bit of wildness in everyone I think--this feels like coming home to yourself--

Myrna R. said...

Loved your poem and all the quotes. Let your wildness thrive. Enjoy.

yaya said...

This reminds me of opposition in all things and I think we need that wildness to remind us that we cannot control all things. It's in the craziness of a storm or troubles that we find how strong we really can be. I'm all for a blizzard once in a blue moon as long as I'm safe at home when it happens! Hope all is well in your part of the world!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I LOVE "within each peaceful thing a wildness waits" unleashing the wild in the narrator. Wonderful!

Wendy Bourke said...

A lovely piece, well constructed and beautifully rendered. Loved the close. And I enjoyed the quotes shared.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

A wonderful write of the need of wildness within us - to appreciate the beauty of this earth on which we dwell..
The quotes are pure wisdom.
Anna :o]

LeAnn said...

Wow, I loved reading this one. There is beauty in the wildness of our universe and then the quiet, peaceful moments come too. Your poetry was magnificent as always. You are my favorite poet!
Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A beautiful, song-like poem. I like wildness too!

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