Water, Rock, Teardrop, Mystery


On still water
a pebble falls,

a moment’s teardrop,
an expanding universe of circles,
a vanished core,

A little poem after watching children drop and pitch coins in a wishing well. Adults enjoy this experience too. Who has not dropped money in pools and ponds under the guise of making a wish? What fascinates us more, making the wish or  watching the coin splash, then wobble and dodge in the water until it comes to rests on the bottom? 

Walking away from that well a poem began to form. I thought of our fascination with tossing rocks in bodies of water. I thought of those still photos of objects hitting water and the water rebounding into a perfect teardrop. These marvels of photography illustrate our fascination and wonder with physical interactions.

Stone meets water. Water responds. Stone sinks. Predictable, yes, yet also incredibly mysterious, so like our lives. Science can explain the dynamics of these physical reactions, yet not the incredible mystery that they exist at all. That there is this rather than that; something rather than nothing.

A good review of a book that tries but falls short attempting to explain the mystery of existence.

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7 responses to “Water, Rock, Teardrop, Mystery

    • Thank you, Claudia. I think this short poem will morph into a longer mediation one day.
      One of these days I hope to get over to dverse poets and contribute.

  1. Hi Kris: A captivating poem and a most intriguing and thought provoking post. I have often wondered if the rock reaches the bottom before the ripples iron themselves out.

    As far my take on the mystery goes, I have always equated water with time. It is impartial and does what it is called on to do time and again. It reacts in a similar way regardless of what is flung at it. I equate the rock with milestones in life. Whichever way we feel about it, good, bad or indifferent, it all washes away in the eternity of time.

    In recognition of your thought provoking exercise you gave me, I placed a gift for you on my site. Please stop by and pick it up 🙂


  2. Beautiful poem. I’m coming by way of MNINB – going through the blog list. I’m telling all the poets that although I’m not a poet, I’m find the poems awesome – and who knows, maybe I’ll give it a shot some day.

  3. Kris – love your site. I just nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check it out – sarah-w-bartlett.com, ‘who, me?’ And thanks for your words!!!

  4. Thank you all very much for your kind words. Claudia, it is good to hear from you. Lynn, welcome aboard the HMS MNINB. Meena, Sarah, and Julia thank you for the Liebster Award. I am grateful. I can think of several blogs for the award but to decide which ones is difficult.
    The best to you and yours.

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