in the pond

in the pond, I saw
ribbons glistening with fragile
black polka dots of life
unspooled
as though a special present
was joyfully torn open
and the wrappings left
to fend for themselves
lovely elegant skeins
filled with the future
ink dotted children
black comma’ed offspring
creatures of water and air
neither fish nor fowl
born to one elemental force
alive in the gullied water
finding legs within
to leap to the essential element
air lunged full
in the oxygen sky
blue green
tree filled world
of moss, mud and marsh
tiny metamorphic saints of change
chanting in the afternoon rain

15 thoughts on “in the pond

  1. What a beautiiful poem! I do love the two last lines:
    “tiny metamorphic saints of change
    chanting in the afternoon rain”
    Thanks for sharing such a nice poem!
    Kind regards from France
    FGM

  2. Hmmm, my comment disappeared…..this is a wonderful description of a pond and I so love the closing two lines…….love the idea of small “saints of change chanting” in the rain……lovely.

  3. What an energetic transformation from small dots to frogs ~ I specially like this part:
    tiny metamorphic saints of change

    Lovely post Kathleen ~

  4. Oh I love the image of little frogs and tadpoles.. close to where we live there is a pond.. and each spring there are toads crossing the road for the pond.. they have to put up special signs of toadcrossing.. but many are killed anyway by passing cars..

    and yes we have real toads in our garden….

  5. Now that’s a novelty: frogs and tadpoles in our animal poems – they don’t feature all too often. There are some powerful images in there:
    black polka dots of life

    elegant skeins
    filled with the future

    finding legs within
    to leap to the essential element

  6. smiles….they are cool….we used to see the fish frogs and salamander eggs all the time at the pond out behind out house…new life waiting ot be born…was cool to see the process and watch them change….

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