Rock Springs

Rock Springs, Apopka, FL; image from Pinterest

spring of my youth
where rocks stay
lodged for endless ages
and I rushed around
them in my haste to
run, jump, hurdle
myself into the
flesh-freezing waters
that refreshed my
body with soul-baring
joy to revisit there

the horizon was brought
up short by the thick
forested trees that
surrounded and kept
partially hidden that
crystal clear pool
that burbled endlessly
up from the depths
of a magical, carved
out cave of underwater
rock…it frightened me
to push my face
below the surface and
gaze down, down into
that deepness where
boulders had rolled
and shifted and created
the perfect home for
that purity to come forth

charming though were
the shallow paths
of water mostly ankle
deep that meandered
through the woods
then to stop and excavate
miniature springs and
extract treasures of tiny
shells and sharks’ teeth
from countless eons ago

darkness descends on this
sweet paradise and the
shouts and laughter
of children fall silent
as the wood-burning grill’s
embers slowly weaken and
the colors echo the sunset

Please join me Thursday at 3PM as I host Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub. Choose any one of your poems to share.

Nautilus

You’re coiled tighter
and tighter as you
descend in a pattern
which mirrors a nautilus.
Your polished marble
stairs mimic its
hollowed cavities.

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Embracing the Sacred Symbol of the Chambered Nautilus - Somanautiko

Nautilus shell; Photo Google Images
 
Its tiny pinpoint
eyes scan its world
through a blur of depth.
Propelling its pearly,
iridescent casing
up
and
down
much like
a stairway,
higher
lower,
it forages
for bits of
carrion
and searches
for a mate.
Internal spirals
create perfect
chambers
that
generate
buoyancy
and jet
propulsion
to move
up
and
down.
 
You emulate
a spiraling
staircase
that winds
around
and around
guiding us
up
and
down.

Join us today for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets today at 3PM EST!  Choose any ONE poem to share.

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