The Perfect And The Calm

The Perfect And The Calm


Predawn lake wakes liquid still. Quiet

polished, clear façade

frames autumns palette, picture pure reflections,

shoreline, painted, sculpted art.


From chimneys, smoke like sprouting seeds,

rises, slow, and straight.


Trout soundless hunt, below the skin,

small swirls, radiate.

In shallows schooling minnow flee

cause faint and tranquil stir.


Loon, call breaks the silence, dives,

round ripples leave the spot.

Later surface, not a sound, image reappears.


Rush of duck’s wings pushing air,

skim the surface close, leave matching pairs

of telltale curls, footprints soon to fade.


Straight twin rows, shrinking whirlpools follow

oars so softy stroked.

V-shaped waves spread cross the space, unheard

arrow always to the source,

until they lap on shore.


Sudden, daylight, brightens hilltop leaves,

distant maple, oak.

Red leaf rustles, falls and floats

as smoke begins to drift.


Subtle breeze, on water seen, then felt,

faintest scent of bacon cooked, wafts

across the dock, shifting thoughts

are blown beyond

the perfect, and the calm.

An earlier version of the Perfect and the Calm appeared in the summer 2010 issue of the  Victorian Violet Press and Journal. This poem is part ofThe Beaufort Chronicles, my collection of themed poems based on wind and water.

© “Jon M. Forceton” and “jmforceton’s blog”, 2009-2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to “Jon M. Forceton” and “jmforceton’s blog” with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


~ by jmforceton on October 13, 2010.

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