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Water Spirits

Sifting through time in forested mountains
As beauty of movement in water chases gravity
Echoes ring in a rush, over and around rocks
Raining rhythm on riverside deadheads
Rolling, splashing and drumming pockets of air

I’ve come to appreciate the sound of rivers that talk
Speaking in the tongue of ancients
Of Indians, pioneers, early settlers and nomads alike
Lives lived and long passed, here
Beneath the soil where once was home
Now, singing as spirits in the current of waves

Alone in the forest, listening to the flow of nature
I hear their voices and it sounds heavenly

© 2023 Phil Perkins

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Ripple, by Grateful Dead (1970) – see lyrics here.


37 responses to “Poem”

  1. vermavkv Avatar

    It is a nice poem with a beautiful image.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, Vijay 👍

  2. swadharma9 Avatar


    1. Phil Avatar

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed my poetry, dear Joy ~ TY 🤗

  3. Dawn Pisturino Avatar

    You are so right, Phil! Nature brings us in touch with all of those who came before us. We should honor their memory and all the hardships they endured. I don’t believe most people nowadays could survive what they did. They deserve our respect.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Amen! 🙏🏻 Thank you so much for your very thoughtful comments, dear Dawn ~ much appreciated! Indeed, times were tougher then, and so were the people. Have a great day, my friend! 🤗🌹

  4. Robin King Avatar

    So much beauty! Your words and image are a perfect pair – lovely dancing water and powerful words. 👏👏👏👏👏

    1. Phil Avatar

      You are most kind, my dear friend Robin ~ much appreciated! Thank you & have a wonderful day! 🤗🌹

      1. Robin King Avatar

        Hi, Phil! Thank you! You too! 🥰

        1. Phil Avatar
  5. Kym Gordon Moore Avatar

    Oh my dear Phil, how reflective your beautiful and heartwarming poem is, as we remember the hardships, and sacrifices so many of the Native Americans, early settlers and immigrants endured in the early centuries, that brings us to this point of remembrance and gratitude. I love this:
    “Alone in the forest, listening to the flow of nature I hear their voices and it sounds heavenly.”

    I concur my Master Photographer. Thank you for gracing our hearts with your poetic cuisine this morning! 🥰📷🤗💖😊🥂😘

    1. Phil Avatar

      So kind you are, my dear friend Kym 🍯 and I appreciate you! 💖😊 I’m so glad that you found favor in my poem, and I also especially enjoy the quote you’ve cited. 🤗🌹 Wishing for you a wonderful Friday!

      1. Kym Gordon Moore Avatar

        Thank you Phil. 🥰 May you have a relaxing and awesome evening and weekend as well. Cheers my dear. 🍸🥂🍹

        1. Phil Avatar

          Most welcome & thank you, dear ~ Cheers! 🥂✨🤗

          1. Kym Gordon Moore Avatar

            My pleasure Phil! 🥰🍯🤗💖😘✨🤗

  6. Pilgrimage Studio Avatar

    I could hear her flowing over the rocks and feel her coolness. Beautiful poem and photo!! 🌊

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks very much ~ I appreciate your lovely comments, and wish for you a wonderful day! 🤗🌹

  7. Kristallina Avatar

    Exactly Phil! Alone and far in the woods, listening to the flow of nature. That is the best place in the world. Love your poem, so beautiful! Have a nice day ahead, dear Phil 🤗

    1. Phil Avatar

      You’re sweet, dear Kristallina! I’m so glad you like it, and I agree. Thanks so much! 🤗🌹

  8. Inge David Avatar

    Mooie foto met bijpassend gedicht! Top werk! Fijn weekend Phil!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Je bent een lieverd, lieve Inge! Heel erg bedankt, en ik wens jou ook een fijn weekend. 🤗🌹

  9. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Your beautiful poem is a compliment to your stupendous photography dear Phil! ❣️

    1. Phil Avatar

      You’re a sweetheart, my friend! Thank you for your lovely comments, dear Cindy, and I wish for you a splendid weekend! ❣️xo

      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        You’re so welcome always Phil. I will you to and hope to get that order in. is it still up and running? 💞

        1. Phil Avatar

          It’s all good, my dear. If you do decide, just recall our DM chat 💞

          1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            will do thanks dear Phil!! ❤️

            1. Phil Avatar

              You too ❤️ Cindy!!

  10. junymond Avatar

    schön das Du so viel Zeit hast die Natur so intensiv genießen zu können. Beneidenswert🤗😊

    1. Phil Avatar

      Diese Gegend hat so viele schöne Naturorte in der Nähe, die man besuchen kann. Es ist in der Tat ein Segen. Ob landschaftlich reizvolle Fahrten oder Wanderungen, lang oder kurz, Schönheit ist präsent. Ich wünsche dir ein wunderschönes Wochenende, liebe Nicole. Ein Kuss. 🤗🌹

      1. junymond Avatar

        Lieber Phil, Du lebst zu richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort🤗

        1. Phil Avatar
  11. Richard Reeve Avatar

    Ripple goes really well with this image.

    1. Phil Avatar
      1. Richard Reeve Avatar

        If my words did glow…

  12. Blagica Avatar

    Your unique poem is an ode to your brilliant photography, dear Phil. It shows your eye for beauty and your talent for capturing those moments forever.

    1. Phil Avatar

      🙏 Thanks very much, my dear friend 💗

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