Bill Galvin

Gold Star - 12,622 Points (1911 / Boston, MA)

Around The Pond - Poem by Bill Galvin

Does this feel good or what?

Good to be back in these Acadian hills,
Touching these granite rocks once again…
Immutable, immovable, forever, and silent.
I am between the mountains after-season,
And I have these trails to myself today,
Except for the red squirrels squawking,
As I pass through their territories
And interrupt their winter packing.

Clump, clomp… five long quick steps
To every inhale and deep mouth exhale,
Which paces me upon this four mile trek…
And the cadence belongs to my meditation.

Does this feel good or what?

I pass over tiny streamlets funding this pond,
Making their presence felt with their trickling sound,
Like a leaky faucet dripping, dripping, dripping.

A calm gray overcast day brightened by a walk
Through woods, water, and time.

The memory of smells…
The smells of these waters, this forest, the lichen,
The hills themselves formed by glaciers
Thirteen thousand years ago…
You can smell ancient natural unchangedness…
You can sense the walkers centuries before us.

I am captivated by the silence in a cove…
I stop and peruse; and in a quiet moment,
I say a silent prayer for the missing,
And a humble thanksgiving for the living.

Cloud bottoms are now reaching mountain tops,
As the dusk moves in quickly.

My longest and deepest embrace
With my faithful, devoted, Natural female lover,
In many a long and dark and cold winter;
It warms me like the soft touch of a woman’s hand;
So long forlorn, so long foregone;
So close, so present, so clear, so dear.

11-12-2015 (Bar Harbor, Maine)

Topic(s) of this poem: nature


Comments about Around The Pond by Bill Galvin

  • Glen Kappy (10/19/2016 6:51:00 PM)

    Around the Pond
    bill,

    just reread this poem. a few things:

    i like tiny streamlets funding this pond- a simple, unusual, and descriptive verb choice.

    years ago enjoying a leisurely several-month break after graduating college, i used to circle a pond in prospect park in brooklyn, new york. i was drawn to it, and for a reason i could not explain it made me think of jesus and his galilee.

    the gratitude for a special time in nature comes through in your poem. for a similar feel, you might enjoy my poems snail mornings and after all-day hike.

    peace.

    glen kappy
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    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (10/20/2016 12:38:00 PM)

    Thank you, Glen... Prospect Park, Brooklyn, has a small place in my memory, too. And thanks for the appreciation. I will check out your work. Peace.

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/20/2016 11:01:00 PM)


    The memory of smells…
    The smells of these waters, this forest, the lichen,
    The hills themselves formed by glaciers
    Thirteen thousand years ago…
    You can smell ancient natural unchangedness…
    You can sense the walkers centuries before us.

    Beautiful work. Nicely written poem. Thanks for sharing the poem.10 for it.
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    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 1:55:00 PM)

    Thank you, Subhas. Much appreciated.

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (9/20/2016 9:15:00 PM)


    A beautiful, captivating poem. The reader feels as though he/she has been there because the poem remembers a past which everyone harbors deep inside the coves of one's heart. (10) (Report) Reply

    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 1:57:00 PM)

    Thanks, Madathil. A great analysis.

  • Mizzy ........ (9/20/2016 3:36:00 PM)


    You capture a deep sense of appreciation and healing......Beautiful read! (Report) Reply

    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 1:57:00 PM)

    Thank you for reading and appreciating, Mizzy.

  • Seamus O' Brian (9/20/2016 9:48:00 AM)


    Opening a poem on sites like this can cause eyebrow raising, cringing, or even frank bewilderment at times. Sometimes though, after a cautious line or two, a poet's work allows one to sit back into one's chair, settle in comfortably, and read on with profound enjoyment.

    Rarely, a work will inspire a trip to the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee, so as to allow a second reading for even deeper inspiration. This, my friend, is one of those latter works, and a real treat.

    Though I am immediately biased toward pieces which resonate with my love for the outdoors, the depth of that love makes me even more particularly protective regarding an authentic portrayal of its wonders. And even though I, too, at this point in the late summer long to be out on the trails, your work has taken me there already.

    Thank you.
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    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 1:54:00 PM)

    Thanks for the appreciation, Neal. And I know exactly what you mean. We hope our Muse speaks to more than just us.

  • Rajnish Manga (9/20/2016 9:13:00 AM)


    Beautiful landscape in the surroundings of a natural pond has come alive in the poem. It reflects a great love of the poet for nature in its various shades. Thank you, Bill.
    I pass over tiny streamlets funding this pond,
    Like a leaky faucet dripping, dripping, dripping.
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    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 1:58:00 PM)

    Thanks for appreciating the scene, Rajnish.

  • Lyn Paul (9/20/2016 8:52:00 AM)


    Simply beautiful of nature and the love you shared with someone so very special to you.
    It sounds like a breathtaking view as it is a write.
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    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 1:59:00 PM)

    Yes, Lyn... you know the backstory. Thank you for reading.

  • Nosheen Irfan (9/20/2016 8:42:00 AM)


    A beautiful descriptive write. Congrats! (Report) Reply

    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 2:00:00 PM)

    Thank you, Nosheen.

  • Laurie Van Der Hart (9/20/2016 7:44:00 AM)


    Totally agree with the sentiments others have expressed! Great poem. Really awakens all the senses. I love the line cloud hottoms are now reaching mountain tops. Well done for poem of the day! (Report) Reply

    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 2:00:00 PM)

    Thank you very much for the appreciation, Laurie.

  • Glen Kappy (9/20/2016 7:40:00 AM)


    Bill, i enjoyed this poem- the accessibility, the naturalness of its expression, and the imagery which makes me identify with it. Thank you. - glen kappy (Report) Reply

    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 2:02:00 PM)

    Thanks, Glen. I'm happy when the work moves others to what I felt.

  • (9/20/2016 7:14:00 AM)


    I totally enjoyed this - though it takes us through your own memories and fondness for returning to places that always nurture you, we all have those special places and your poem made me long for mine... A good poet writes interesting stuff. A great poet evokes emotions and memories within the reader! (Report) Reply

    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 2:03:00 PM)

    John, your thoughtful analysis is much appreciated.

  • Anil Kumar Panda (9/20/2016 6:55:00 AM)


    I pass over tiny streamlets funding this pond,
    Making their presence felt with their trickling sound,
    Like a leaky faucet dripping, dripping, dripping.
    Beautiful poem describing varied hues of nature. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/20/2016 3:59:00 AM)


    Theses waters! ! Thanks for sharing this poem wkith us. (Report) Reply

    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 2:08:00 PM)

    Thank you, Edward.

  • Robert Murray Smith (9/20/2016 1:41:00 AM)


    Bill,

    A very good nature poem. Thank you.++++10

    You might like my Nature's Diversity.

    Robert
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    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 2:08:00 PM)

    Thanks, Robert... much appreciated.

  • Kim Barney (9/20/2016 1:13:00 AM)


    Bill, a wonderful poem! I love being in the hills as you described here. It was easy to picture myself in your place. You have brought back fond memories of similar times and places. Thanks, and congrats on poem of the day! (Report) Reply

    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (9/26/2016 2:07:00 PM)

    Thank you, Kim. A nature poet tries to do with words what a painter does in oils. If I accomplish that, I am humbled. Much appreciated.

  • (11/12/2015 10:57:00 PM)


    Superb! I immensely liked the mode of meditation adopted in this captivating poem dedicated to the nature and her majestic prowess.. The narration of nature's bounties too is fantastic. Thanks for sharing such a fantastic poem which has spiritual touch too and, thus, is thought provoking.10++ points. (Report) Reply

    Bill Galvin Bill Galvin (11/15/2015 7:49:00 AM)

    Thanks so much Ratnakar... you got all that I intended.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, November 13, 2015


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