• Jean Linville

sacred pause


July 23- July 28 Week 19/72


each stroke produces an unexpected

gravelly, sand-like sound as the thick

layer of duckweed swirling about me

in marbled patterns of black and green

is pierced by the blades of my paddle


freed of the floating slurry

the spiral of an empty snail shell

resting at the edge of a lily pad sings

of the universe as the stars begin to breathe

life into the dusk and a whispering

breeze coaxes me north to hear

the deep inhalations of a beaver

swimming past into the deepening night



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