It starts with a perfect drop of rain
falling from a cloud – and the future
arrives just as water, rippling the stillness
of a pond, releasing mayflies, dragonflies,
and herons that flap their wings
like broken umbrellas against spring rain.
The gorged river glints, powerful and steadfast
on its intrepid journey to the coast,
where it joins the other drops of future,
beautiful and frightening in their vastness.
Kim M. Russell, 13th December 2019
It’s Magaly’s last prompt for the Imaginary Garden today and she invites us to celebrate Kerry’s poetry with her. All we have to do is select 1 of the 13 lines she has harvested from Kerry’s poems and write a new poem. The words in our chosen lines must remain exactly as they are—consecutive and unaltered (other than capitalization)—and we must use every word in the lines we choose. Line breaks are fine.
It was so difficult to choose just one line but, in the end, I decided on “The future arrives just as water”, taken from ‘A Painless Day’ by Kerry O’Connor. I chose it because it has been very wet around here lately.