Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Poem Message from Ocean Springs, Mississippi

The Fountain

Don't say, don't say there is no water
to solace the dryness at our hearts.
I have seen
the fountain springing out of the rock wall
and you drinking there. And I too
before your eyes
found footholds and climbed
to drink the cool water.
The woman of that place, shading her eyes,
frowned as she watched-but not because
she grudged the water,
only because she was waiting
to see we drank our fill and were
Don't say, don't say there is no water.
That fountain is there among its scalloped
green and gray stones,
it is still there and always there
with its quiet song and strange power
to spring in us,
up and out through the rock.

~ Denise Levertov ~

Denise Levertov's poem was printed in River Rock Yoga's newsletter


Loren said...

Interesting site they have. Have you been there?

am said...

Loren -- My sister took me to a class at River Rock Yoga when I visited her in Ocean Springs in November 2007. Moira Anderson Miller, the director at River Rock Yoga, is the granddaughter of Walter Anderson, an extraordinary wildlife painter and muralist. I've been enjoying the River Rock Yoga newsletter since that visit.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this poem. kjm

am said...

You're welcome, kjm.

Taradharma said...

lovely poem - I usually connect with DL's work. Thanks for posting it and reminding me...