Poetry – The Marsh FREE DOWNLOAD
Ten years we spent-my wife, our two children, our cats, and I-in a suburban house that backed onto a marsh. Although fifty miles from the Atlantic, it was a tidal marsh, and so it felt the influence of the sea.
It was a delight to me to be able to walk to the edge of my own property and venture out in a small canoe. The house was in a subdivision; the marsh was my escape. And regardless the state of the distant tides, there were the herons and the egrets ….
The form of this poetry is the cinquain, an American form of haiku verse comprising five lines of two, four, six, eight and two syllables respectively.
The Marsh comprises 90 cinquains arranged in sections designed to print out as 17 standard 8.5″ x 11″ pages.
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never fears to repeat,
never goes half‑hearted to her
Hours, days, weeks, months, years –
Yet rooted in them – our planet life
The moon, the stars
Rise and set, charted or
That kind of thing. Simple but not I hope simplistic.
Taught them to live quietly with
lives and outer
they learned, living simply,
harboring no metaphysics,
and speculations, find no peace
are not silent,
our heads are never still.
As in computer games we play
there is some need
by Someone for beings
who can live like this, who can learn
never being rested,
living on the stretch, maybe we
Okay, that’ll do for a teaser. As with all else I do, of course, the sub-text is, “if I can do it, you can do it too.”