2010 Poetry Challenge

National Poetry Month

Peter Willowdown

Song of Water

Song of water come to me
and soothe me with your melody,
gentle river beneath blue sky
whereupon wild swans and seabirds swim,
driftwood carried on your breast
towards the sea beyond the bridge
where starlings nest in purple evening,
guardians of hallowed seasons
beneath the sun and moon and stars.

Far off a lone church bell chimes,
higher than the muted roar of the ugly motorway;
sheep bleat in the pock-marked marsh,
nibbling at the short, tough grass.
Across the river a line of cows on the raised
embankment gazes over at me curiously,
pausing in their own digestion
but presently lose interest in their mild
inspection and follow their leader
up towards Rhuddlan, it's crumbling castle
evoking far less hectic days
despite it's martial towers and moat,
land-locked now though once large boats
sailed up the river to unload people and supplies,
wines from France, cannon from London,
maidens, minstrels and diplomats from foreign lands,
touring the wilder outposts of England
and its borders with the rebellious Welsh.

Song of water, slowly dripping from Dyserth waterfall,
not the most spectacular of waterfalls
and all but dry now but impressive
in full spout after a heavy rain.
Climbing up the narrow path behind it
one comes to Prestatyn Mountain,
yellow with broom and buzzing with bees,
tracks that lead past abandoned stone cottages
where one can sit above the sprawling town
and gaze across the Irish Sea and
looking northwards on a clear day,
one can just make out the blue-hazed hills
of the Lake Disrict beyond the
thin pinnacle of Blackpool Tower.

Song of water, running down space and time,
reshaping mountains and continents,
forming new worlds on specks of interstellar dust;
water of life that is the basis of
blood and muscle and bone,
our first mother and elemental home,
each droplet teeming with a million invisible beings,
God's natural neurotransmitter
singing in the lonely places,
soothing me with your quiet melody,
perfect song of harmony and divinity.

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