"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Magpie 114 .....Splash!

image by Alex Stoddard

One moment paddling
Oops underwater
Uh oh...
Realizing the danger
Holding my breath
Oh no....
Unhooking the trap
Swimming through roots
Oh boy....
Reaching to grasp
Life giving sky
Oh joy...

Image provided by sometimes grumpy photographer Douglas Prior of Portland Oregon
(Doug wanted me to add that sometimes he is grumpy!)

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  1. eep...yeah you got watch out when it rolls unless you can roll it back...did a little kayaking in my day

  2. Anonymous2:20 PM

    cool and cute.

  3. A joyful ending to a poem that is otherwise rather frightening.

  4. very pinching imagination....
    well sometime life starts checking our breath because of its zigzag happenings.

  5. Dont we all just love it when the swamp swallows us unexpectedly from time to time, hopefully temporarily !

  6. Oh Joy, indeed!
    Wonderful photo. I'm trying to determine which mountain it is...Hood or Shasta or another???

  7. The ups and downs of a well loved sport. I'm glad it ended on an up - joy!

  8. You have illustrated near-drowning and reprieve in a simple, yet effective little piece. I like it!

  9. Finally coming up for air again is one of the best feelings ever.


  10. Very creative take on the prompt!

  11. Anonymous11:40 AM

    fun verse!

  12. Kathe, Thank you for the happy "Splash". Having swam through roots, I understand the "oh boy..." too. Surfacing is joyous. I enjoyed sharing in the kayaking fun. =D

  13. Oh man! This is nice!!

  14. "Life giving sky"....i love that line Kathe!!

  15. I'm glad your words surfaced, too...


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