Breathing Blue & Palming Psalms

Holding Onto Indigo
Give her a Lake, some aching shade of blue. A place to glue her eyes to the horizon, and wait for the sun to meet her equilibrium gaze. Bare feet. A quiet sheet of white, waiting for song. A long long list of things to undo. A sun-freckled spot for two to recline, touching knees, lacing fingers, flirting feet.

Give her the tune of the waves, the breeze, the scratchtapscribble of her favorite colored pens. The wink of seaglass on sand. Hold the world’s breath for greater things: whir, whim, while. Let the slow sure pull of moon wash over her, a spilled out selah silence.

dappled aspen song
a sleepy July sky gives
one long slow sigh


It’s Haibun Monday over at dVerse. Come play.

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29 Responses to Breathing Blue & Palming Psalms

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Oooooo, this is your style of writing that always makes me sigh. Your wordsmithing puts such a you-nique slant on things. Waves, lake, sky, sea glass…breathing blue indeed. And that spilled out selah silence….a beautiful place to envision in my mind. And to share this with the one you love – so much good between these two.

  2. drnurit says:

    What Kanzen said: I agree with every word…

  3. Grace says:

    I am sighing in gorgeous imagery ~ Specially love:

    Hold the world’s breath for greater things: whir, whim, while. WOW!

  4. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Complete rocking of the haibun prompt, & yes, superb wordsmithing, I like the line /the wink of seaglass on sand/.

  5. ‘like’ doesn’t do it for me – this is brilliant. I must try a haibun for next Monday…

    • kanzensakura says:

      The next Haibun Monday will be week after next, June 6(?). I hope you will join us and try your hand!

      • I’ll do that – will probably post slightly off timing as our days are different down here in New Zealand, so by the time I catch up with your posts it seems to be too late…

      • kanzensakura says:

        The haibun prompts are up for the week so you have plenty of time to ponder and post. If interested, dVerse has different posts/prompts during the week on Mon, Tues, Thurs. This Thurs eill be what we call Open Link Night, meaning you can post any one of your poems you choose. No prompt or form required.

  6. Charley says:

    Great imagery! Love the pens.

  7. jillys2016 says:

    Selah / Psalms – sets the mood… and the Lake picture, of course!

  8. B. E. Adalgari says:

    So many wonderful poems today! This haibun is just brimming with delightful turns-of-phrase and peaceful, yet playful, imagery. Trying to pick out some favorites, but literally /every sentence/ holds some wonderful surprise, bringing a sense of freshness and wonder to a type of scene that’s featured so regularly in poetry that it often can be drained of its power. Here, you make the lakefront scene new; make your readers see it with new eyes.

  9. Nan Mykel says:

    The long long list of things to undo touched me. I also iiked the whirl, whim, while and the blink of sea glass. I’d enjoy that place!

  10. thotpurge says:

    Totally enjoyed this.. prose and haiku!

  11. I am feeling so much less stress just reading your Haibun.
    It’s like peace just washed over my soul. Selah!
    Thank you. Sigh.
    (I’m looking forward into one of those days that screams anxiety. Might just have to print your Haibun and stick it in my pocket. 🙂 )

  12. I knew there had to be bare feet in there somewhere! But your scene is the sedative that I seek! Keep sending bits of your world this way; most enjoyable, De!

  13. To meet the lake like this (or the sea for that matter) has to be the most calming thing… I truly long to be moved into that point where i can tread barefoot in the sand… (too cold yet)

  14. Misky says:

    This is you, through and through, De.

  15. Your writing is inspirational! I felt myself melting into such a state of mind through your words alone, let alone living it at first hand.

  16. Diana Ann Bisares says:

    “Let the slow sure pull of moon wash over her, a spilled out selah silence.”

    Oooohhh. I love your beautiful, beautiful art. I’m including this to my list of favorites from your blog.

  17. De, this is absolutely breath-taking. You have such a gift, my friend. You’ve created a cove of serenity for anyone to steal away to. If it weren’t stormy and snowing up there, I’d want to hop in my car and drive the 40 minutes to Tahoe. Perhaps, soon.

  18. Such a beautiful feeling of peace. I want a list of things to undo! It’s gently playful. Gorgeous.

  19. This is just gorgeous – words, picture, feelings evoked, everything.

  20. Lovely poem and I really loved the haiku at the end. It really tied the piece together.

  21. Bodhirose says:

    I love every brilliant word, De. I liked the touching of the knees, lacing fingers and flirting feet…and that scratchtapscribble!

  22. Sea as endless
    as Summer neW
    Breeze NoW iN
    DeSert yellow
    StreAM RiVer
    eYes BriGht
    aS Summer
    longS AnD
    WiNter FaLLS
    SpRinG aGaiN..
    Now oF Love..
    NoW iN FearLess
    SacRed eYe onE

    i’s A foretOld
    iN Led Zeppelin
    Kashmir dreAm..:)

  23. Mish says:

    You bring words to life, De. This is mesmerizing.

  24. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Very enticing. And I love that one long slow sigh.

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