Wrinkled Water

Floodwater of the St. Croix River

In early spring of 2011 I visited Afton State Park, south of St. Paul, Minnesota with my partner Gina and our friends Jean and Sharon. We meandered around the park to the banks of the St. Croix River to discover that the river had recently overflowed and flooded the tall deciduous trees there.

The photograph below is one of my favorites from that day.

Wrinkled Water

When I showed the photograph to my sister it reminded her of a poem, reproduced here thanks to the generosity of the Estate of the poet, Lilian Moore.

Until I Saw the Sea

by Lilian Moore

Until I saw the sea
I did not know
that wind
could wrinkle water so

I never knew
that sun
could splinter a whole sea of blue

did I know before,
a sea breathes in and out
upon a shore


From I FEEL THE SAME WAY by Lilian Moore.  Copyright c 1967 Lilian Moore.  All rights renewed and reserved.  Used by permission of Marian Reiner.


When was the last time you noticed wrinkles in the water?





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