What a week. I don’t know about you, but after the onslaught of news (mostly bad) the past few weeks, I have been looking for some places of solace. I have found some in poetry, of course, as I shared in last week’s post.
I’ve also found inspiration in reading The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. These two men have faced more than their share of injustice, heartbreak and pan, and yet they still live with joy. This book records their conversations on the subject of joy as they spent a week together on the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s birthday. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.
Finally, I spend Sunday afternoon on the river. Friends asked us to join them with their tubes and float for several hours. There is nothing that soothes my soul like having my feet in the current and being surrounded by sights and sounds of rushing water, rustling leaves, chirping birds and drifting clouds in a blue sky. If you, too, want to find a peaceful way to spend an afternoon, here is a how-to poem just for you.
How to Float Down a River
Choose a float-
paddle a sleek canoe or kayak
plop down in a tube plump with air
float on the lazy current.
lean your head back
let your feet dangle
trail your fingers through the water
twirl and spin downstream
like clouds in the sky
ride the ripples through whitewater
leaves whisper in the breeze
water gurgles over rocks
birds chirp and chatter in the trees
turtles plunk into the water
dragonflies dance across your knees
a great blue heron glides past the trees
Each Friday, I am excited to take part in Poetry Friday, where writers share their love of all things poetry. Carol hosts the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Carol’s Corner. She introduces poet Lynn Ungar. Drop by and see what poetry morsels are offered this week.
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