Reasoning Water

Waves lap upon the shores
like dogs thirsty after a run;
they rise then fall. Tumbling
days, weeks, finally years;
as sands of time trickle truth.

Water is life, breaths life in
moderate wandering ways.
It’s foe, a piece of parched 
earth dangling, drained and
dizzy from its unending thirst.

Weather rules day then night;
rain, sleet, ice, or snow grasp
gathering at will, builds walls,
halts life while still smirking;
for all man’s worth, he waits.

Water baptizes, transfers trader
to one tested by his faithfulness
now following Someone much
greater, who rules the waters
with a mighty, firm hand of power.

Waves of hope rise, tower above
like life giving sun at early dawn;
Living Water’s sacrifice brings new
life where desert land springs forth
new seed there, blooms in breeze.

P. Wolf; poet & author of Jemi’s Noble Quest

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 4:13-14
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  1. memadtwo says:

    Water is life–reflecting all its transformations. Your words flow to match the subject. (K)


  2. kim881 says:

    I love all the different kinds and forms of water, and the liquidity of this poem, Patricia. An important element as it is what distinguishes the Earth from the rest of the universe, makes up most of our bodies, and we need it to survive.


  3. Ingrid says:

    This is profound and beautiful: ‘rain, sleet, ice, or snow grasp
    gathering at will,’ is the powerful language of nature, who ‘halts life while still smirking;
    for all man’s worth, he waits.’ I think sometimes we underestimate the power of nature, at our peril!


  4. Brendan says:

    A fine float in our first element — all poems I think are born and borne of it … B


  5. Sherry Marr says:

    A beautiful poem of hope and faith – and a lovely photo too. I love photos where we look through tall grasses!


    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      … and looking past dangling leaves


  6. Francis says:

    Lovely, you are so right to promote the importance of water and what it means.


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