There is a pool … .

There is a pool,

offspring of a stream,

secluded and still,

where willows weep and dream

by the limpid water green and cool.

In Spring, sunny celandine

and wild iris grow.

In summer, nettles stand in stinging ranks

beside balsam and soft-leaved mallow

advancing in pink masses towards the banks ..

There is a pool,

secluded and still,

where moorhens hide among the reeds

and mercurial minnows dart and feed.

A dreaming place of dappled light

and opalescent water

where I wait in solitude

for the enchanting sight

of the electric-blue-winged blur

of a kingfisher in swerving flight … .

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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21 Responses to There is a pool … .

  1. elizabethexploring says:

    The picture you paint with your words is lovely, cool and peaceful. The words you use are also in themselves beautiful, great artistry.

    • atomsofstars says:

      Good evening, Elizabeth ..

      Welcome to my website … thank you so much for your kind appreciation of my poetry. I’m delighted to know that you have enjoyed your visit today 🙂

  2. JM says:

    Good morning, Marya. Once more we are transported to your magic world, where Nature is just a little bigger and brighter than she usually is. Thank you.

    • atomsofstars says:

      Good evening, Jamie …

      It’s good to see you .. thank you very much. I spent so many hours at that particular spot waiting for that kingfisher .. he never disappointed. I used to stand behind the delicate screen of the trailing willows and watch him dive repeatedly from his favourite perch opposite .. a bare branch which extended a few feet over the pool .. halcyon days 🙂

      • JM says:

        Halcyon days forsooth – are you ever stuck for wit and wisdom?

        I just read about your bit of reckless driving – I might have guessed it from your wild nature. But do take care, nevertheless. Wintriness can bring out the worst in us sometimes, as we rush from warmth to warmth. I’ve turned my desk around this year, so that I can catch every slight hint of sunlight through the window. I watch and cheer each time the clouds grow slimmer. 🙂

      • atomsofstars says:

        Hello again, Jamie …

        Am I ever stuck for wit and wisdom ? Yes, I’m generally mired in mediocrity 🙂

        You made me laugh re the driving .. many a true word spoken in jest 🙂 Thank you for your concern …advice noted.

        That’s a good idea to maximise the sunlight .. ‘let there be light’

        Have a happy weekend 🙂

  3. planaquarium says:

    This brought me to a place of peace and serenity – beautiful, thank you!

  4. Bilby says:

    Hello, Marya

    You never disappoint and neither does nature. I was surprised and delighted by forest kingfishers where I lived; perhaps you have seen them? The surprise was the absence of water, of course.

    Such beautiful birds. Your poem is also a delight. 🙂

  5. atomsofstars says:

    Good morning, Bilby …

    How lovely to see you! 🙂 I hope that you and Ara and all the family are well.
    Thank you very much for your most kind words. I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed these lines.
    No, I didn’t see a forest kingfisher in Australia but I’ve looked it up on Wiki .. a beautiful little bird. Yes, it is surprising that its habitat is away from water ..
    By the shores of the great Swan River in Perth I did once see the exquisite Splendid Fairy Wren .. at first I thought it was a kingfisher .. solely because of its brilliant colour and proximity to water .. here’s a link for you .. ( a bird so aptly named 🙂 )

    Have a happy day x

  6. Bilby says:

    Morning, Marya

    We are all well, thank you, and hope you are too.

    Lovely link, thanks. I love wrens and the Splendid is just … splendid! I haven’t seen any in the wild (lucky you!) but used to watch a small group of Superb Fairy Wrens which emerged regularly from the shrubbery on a small raised garden next to the house; not as colourful as Splendids, but absolutely charming little birds.

    I hope you are enjoying your day; not too good here, weather-wise … dark, wet and blustery. x

  7. atomsofstars says:

    Hello again, Bilby …

    I’m happy to know that .. and I’m well, too, thank you.

    I think these neat and delightfully-named little birds are almost magical .. they look like book illustrations come to life 🙂

    It was very wet and blustery here yesterday, too, … my car did a sideways lunge across the by-pass .. a bit disconcerting at the time.. Happy to report a much dryer and brighter day today .. dark days are so lowering to the spirits .. I’m not a ‘winter person’ .. it leaves me cold 🙂

  8. Bilby says:

    Thank goodness you are safe, Marya!

    I don’t enjoy winter either, but bright, crisp days are a delight.

    Take care. xxx

    • atomsofstars says:

      Ah, thank you, Bilby .. you’re very kind.

      You are right .. ‘bright, crisp days’ are delightful .. perhaps the more appreciated here in this, the rather soggy but mild South west 🙂 It rains as I write ….

      All good wishes, Bilby xxx

  9. papaguinea says:

    Marya I have been remiss in not following your posts. This poem and your pool, reminds me of the 23rd Psalm and the two verses: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

    Indeed if there were an illustration of the “still waters” in the King James bible then your own words would serve as the perfect narrative.

    Now I have got some catching up to do on all your recent posts!

    • atomsofstars says:

      Hello PapaG 🙂

      Lovely to see you this evening .. not remiss of you at all. Thank you very much for calling in.You must be very busy with all the preparations for Christmas and all of your musical duties 🙂
      How lovely to see little Kojo, too! I love that hat ! Big hug, Kojo x

      Your kind words leave me almost speechless … thank you so much; they mean a great deal to me.

      My love to you all .. God bless x

      • papaguinea says:

        Thanks Marya,

        I had asked Brendano to forward some pictures to you of Kojo – a montage if you like entitled “Pyjama Ragtime Blues”. He has not received any reply and was wondering if you had changed your e-mail address.

        PS The hat was a present to me from a Sri Lankan lady and I actually wore it on Bognor beach this summer (yes it is a ladies hat!) That same week I took some pictures of Kojo wearing it, pulling it left, right and centre! Like his mum, he loves the camera!

        Yes, I have been working some Carols with the ladies of Holloway. I introduced a new Carol written by Paul Day (friend of a friend) – a tender version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and then, a bit later, tried out a simple Carol I wrote especially called “Follow the Star”. Surprise, surprise for later on I handed the women a new songsheet where the two carols were intertwined. They didn’t get it at first, till I explained and then, hey presto, instant harmony! By hook or by crook I will achieve!

        Kojo has just come out the bath. Oooh he needs a cuddle. I shall tell him its from Marya.

        God Bless

      • atomsofstars says:

        Hello again, PapaG …

        I did receive that email you mention but I was unsure of its provenance ( Brendano, I’m sure will understand ) Now that I know that it was a bona fide communication I will get in touch with him and explain my non-response.
        Thank you so much for thinking of me ; most kind of you .. I hope to see that ‘montage’ soon 🙂

        Well, he certainly models it well 🙂

        The ‘intertwining’ of the carols seems a beautiful idea .. you must be thrilled at the harmonious result achieved. Bravissimo !

        Night night, Kojo xx

  10. papaguinea says:

    Gnight Marya, from Kojo XXa

  11. jane tims says:

    last three lines are lovely… also the line with ‘a dreaming place of dappled light’ very nice poem. jane

  12. atomsofstars says:

    Good evening, Jane …

    How nice to see you 🙂

    Thank you very much for calling by and taking the time to comment so kindly. I’m very happy to know that this poem appealed to you and you particularly liked that line .. thank you again.

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