I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

Some of these poems are autobiographical, some are entirely fictional, and some are a mixture of both. The intention is art rather than self-expression. I don't allow factual details to get in the way of poetry! (I do seek emotional truth.) They are works in progress, and may be subject to revision without notice. Completed versions appear in my books. Nevertheless copyright applies to all texts found here. Copyright also applies to almost all photos posted here, most of which are my own, though a few are licensed under Creative Commons.
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28 March 2008

Today in the Autumn Creek

We swim today in the autumn creek,
all the flood-dirt finally gone,
the water clear to the sandy bottom
stippled with light, golden,
the afternoon endlessly warm.

At length, after playing like dolphins,
we come to rest in the shallows
sitting side by side on a hillock of sand,
schools of small transparent fish
fluttering just out of range of our feet.

Otherwise, the stream is empty.
One or two cars pass on the distant bridge.
A stately pelican glides like a boat,
slowly, hugging the other bank.
The sky shines palely, free of cloud.

© Rosemary Nissen-Wade 2008

Submitted July 2013 for dVerse Poetics: Water, Water Everywhere


  1. this sounds just so totally peaceful...love the playing like dolphins and then coming to rest, just watching the fish and pelican..letting the world glide by...breathing the moment....deep sigh...

  2. Sounds perfect...loved the pelican gliding can picture the whole tranquility. Lovely.

  3. aha...very beautifully weaved, Rosemary! Lovely write...

  4. can you make room for one more? sounds like a wonderful place to be.

  5. sounds like a peaceful places of being...playing like dolphins made me smile...i swam with them once in the wild...once i got over the fear seeing fins put on me...ha....

  6. After the devastation of a flood, all is beautiful and peaceful again. Scene so well described.

  7. Beautiful clear descriptions, as limpid as the water. k. (http://Manicddaily.wordpress.com)

  8. so, so peaceful... best-wrought poem I've read in a while

  9. wonderful scene you created here - strong, vivid, yet peaceful imagery... beautifully crafted.

  10. Lovely painting of the autumn stream ~ I would love to be there ~

  11. Lovely view from day to twilight at the beach Hey love that is so lovely Love ya friend

  12. A beautiful day spent in peace!

  13. How you allowed me to picture playing like dolphins, jumping in and out of the water thank you - lovely flow to this.

  14. lovely! I absolutely loved the imagery of this beautiful and serene place.

  15. Thanks to everyone for the kind comments.