In the breath of a cascading waterfall…
I hear the voices of child spirits reciting sonnets
falling leaves landing upon browning grasses
weaving colorful blankets around the meadow.
Trout cruise the pools along babbling brooks
I watch them dart out from the bank and feed,
a single red oak leaf floats by dodging rocks
gathers speed then disappears downstream.
In the breath of a cascading waterfall… I observe.
Chickadee’s and Nuthatches flutter in the pines
as Blue Jay’s squawk at me from high branches.
While walking the path, I feel a sting below the ear,
the seasons last mosquito has found me out here.
In the breath of a cascading waterfall… I dream.
Snow white sails billowing in the warm trade winds,
rolling seas of a turquoise blue, reflect silken clouds,
terns and gulls from the tropical islands hover above.
Flying fish leap and glide as dolphins follow behind.
In the breath of a cascading waterfall… I wake.
A thermos of hot tea sits next to me under the great
oak, sparse of leaves now, but splendid and regal.
I slowly sip my cup as a flock of geese fly over,
I smile, close my eyes and find myself by the lake.
In the breath of a cascading waterfall… I rest.
My eyes open and focus upon the rising full moon.
Twilight has crept into the day with a splash of color.
The song of the night has now reached a crescendo;
I stand and inhale its timeless staccato symphony.
In the whisper of a cascading waterfall… Euphoria!
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
The original version of this poem appears in my poetry collection, Zephyr’s Whisper, currently released through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran, prize winning poet and fabulist from New Hampshire, now residing on the plains of Oklahoma. He is a proud member of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Ken has three poetry collections, "The Cellaring", "A Taint of Pity", and "Zephyr's Whisper". Ken was selected as the First Prize Winner in Realistic Poetry International 2018 and 2019 Nature Poetry Contests. He was recently selected as Poet of the Month for Spillwords Press. He's been nominated three times the Pushcart Prize and six times for Best of the Net. Ken loves writing, hiking, and spending time with his cats Willa and Yumpy.