Carolyn Way’s poem on Water

Here is the beautiful poem by Carolyn Way that we shared over the weekend.  The poem forms the preface of a stunning new book by the author, Alick Bartholomew,  The Story of Water: Source of Life to be published by Floris Books on June 15th.

Still Water Meditation – Carolyn Way

Place a drop of water in the palm of your hand.

The drop that you hold in your hand
Is part of the water which was the cradle of all life
On this planet Aeons ago
The first rain that splashed down on the hot earth
To form the first sea
Each drop, in sunlight
Has risen from the sea in countless ages
And fallen from the earth again
As rain

The drop that you hold in your hand
Has been a prism forming myriad rainbows
Has travelled underground streams
Bubbling through dark caverns
The Architect of cathedral caves
Formed valleys
And split granite

The drop that you hold in your hand
Has flowed down broad rivers
Has risen on the sap of trees
Has been the sweat of slaves
And the tears of children
It has become the foam topped waves
And deep unfathomable depths
Of vast lakes
And seas

The drop that you hold in your hand
Has been part of the great flood
It has been a dewdrop on a blade of grass
A drop that has been pounded
Through the hearts of whales in blood
And lain in an eagle’s egg
It has travelled in the fluid of a poet’s brain
And dripped from the wounds of the dying

The drop that you hold in your hand
Has been trapped in the snows of the arctic
Reflected the sun in a desert oasis
And refreshed the weary

This drop
Unimaginably old
Yet fresh and new
Is evaporating slowly from your hand
To mingle with the air that you breathe, perhaps
Or drift in a sun-topped cloud
A thousand feet above the earth
Imagine its journey from your hand
Where will it go
You can direct its journey
As it evaporates
Send your consciousness with it
It is the water of life
It is still water

Copyright: Carolyn Way


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