Ripples . . .


I threw a stone into a pond,

and where it sank, neat circles formed and moved and moved

and splashed the shore where my toes met the silver-blue rings

with squishy, muddy hellos. 

The rings beyond continued on, much farther than I could see—

past the half-submerged log,

past the mama and daddy loons

with their babies piggy-backed three.

Waves skinnied by a bobbing boat, fishline cutting the wake;

they moved and moved past docks and weeds and minnows feeding,

through channels ever deepening and wide,

and on and on, the concentric current pushed to touch

a stream, a lake, a canal, an ocean,

and a foreign coral shore,

and brushed bare toes with gentle, silver-blue hellos.

          Who can know what one little stone can do.

  Lilly 5-14-07

Jackson Lake 10-'11

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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11 Responses to Ripples . . .

  1. pnwauthor says:

    A beautiful poem and stunning photographs–so relaxing and contemplative.

  2. Your writing has definitely inspired me to change my way of writing. I really appreciate your great work.

  3. Reblogged this on Apronhead and commented:

    I have been watching a TV show called Touch which, though very fictionalized, does show how our lives are interconnected. We have influence sometimes that we have no idea of. So I thought I would reblog this poem of mine which speaks to that.

  4. reinkat says:

    I agree with the above comments. Beautiful image and sentiment. I am glad you reblog your poems now and again, they are worth revisiting and thinking about again. This one in particular, for the coming of Advent.

  5. Shez says:

    Yes, lives intertwined, actions intertwined, what we do or don’t do matters. A simple smile can do so much. 😀

  6. dorannrule says:

    Oh what wonderful poetry and the photo is PERFECT too!

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