Sometimes you’re walking by the water

We recently went out into the Somerset levels, out onto the Avalon marshes which completely captivated me and I can’t wait to visit again! I wrote about it, and afterwards, reading what I had written it seemed as if I might be able with a little tweaking, to make what I had written into a poem…

Here is the very first draft… probably a long way to go and a lot more tweaking before it’s’finished!

Light through trees on water.

There is something special about light through trees on water.

Sometimes you’re glimpsing the water through the trees.
Sometimes you’re walking by the water,
the light is coming through the trees…
Sometimes you’re walking at dusk,
sometimes at midday,
or through the stillness of a summer afternoon.
Sometimes you walk in the early morning,
Dull light or bright, or soft and misty light.
Sometimes  from the surface, vapour rises.
Sometimes there are shadows on the water.
Sometimes the water’s carpeted with algae,
Sometimes  dotted with lily pads –
– which lift and wave or dip or merely float.
Sometimes the pads are dotted with bright buds.
Sometimes there’s just a flash of water as you pass the trees,
A glint.
Sometimes there are strange shapes,
The shapes of things beneath.

Once there was a head,
A statue body hidden, below the surface…
… or was that a dream,
…or was it a stump of a concrete post,
a post I imagined to be a head ?
Or was it nothing but a dream?

There is something special about light through trees on water.

© Lois Elsden 2018

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