poet Laurence Overmire

Laurence Overmire

Wade In The Wave

Every stone I cast
on water ripples

to the edge of an unknown

and when in time
another stone skims past

the hand I know not
rippling why

the choosing of the rock

its color and touch
immortal, divine.

(Previously published in Poetry: Soul to Soul, July 2004; World's Strand Anthology,2007)

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Poem Edited: Sunday, April 6, 2008

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Comments about Wade In The Wave by Laurence Overmire

  • Edwin Robinette (4/11/2006 11:22:00 AM)

    I never got past four skips....but this poem is definately ten skips in my book. Well done!

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  • John Libertus (4/11/2006 11:05:00 AM)

    Good poem. I like the way it works on more the one level. I found myself slightly disjointed by the ambiguity of the reference of the last line ('immortal, divine'): it seems to me to refer to the choosing of the rock, and not its characteristics, yet the construction suggests that its characteristics are what are referred to as 'immortal, divine', a suggestion I'm more skeptical about.

    If you'd like to sharpen the reference, you could include the rock's characteristics within parentheses, and remove the line space within the last four lines:

    the choosing of the rock
    (its color and touch)
    immortal, divine.'

    It really depends upon your intention.
    I really like the lines

    'the hand I know not
    rippling why'


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  • ***** ********* (4/11/2006 10:39:00 AM)

    Lovely work, bringing back wonderful memories of my husband and boys skimming stones every time we went to the beach. I think 5 or 6 skims was their record. Thanks for this. 10 from Tai, skimming but not in that way!

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  • Brian DornBrian Dorn (4/11/2006 10:38:00 AM)

    Ah, yes... the perfect rock! Interesting write!

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