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A Special Place
by Leland Waldrip

Sunday, May 25, 2003
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There’s a place I go as oft as I can
To lose my mind, temporarily ban
Thoughts of the world, its hustle, bustle,
Think of nothing but the water’s rustle.

Water guarded by granite monoliths
Among trees and ferns that hide myths
Of wild things that make bold forays
To devour -- no conscience, no mores.

Yes, a river runs through it, gurgling free,
And as I watch closely, it talks to me.
It tells of its past, now far down stream,
And of its future, north in a dream.

Of thirst, bright-eyed deer quenching,
Swim across, shake off their drenching,
Of a lone eagle scanning for prey,
Muskrat found safety, if only that day.

Of hump-backed otters, gleefully at play,
They fish, chase, and slither that way,
They roll, slash and dive for fun,
Chide each other on what’s been won.

I look up rippled river on silvered glint,
Past shoal deposits of shist and flint,
A calmer pool, wood duck pair floats,
A jolting tint to their colored coats.

A long-legged heron lazily glides,
Just above the current easily rides,
Seeing me, startles, swerves in flight,
River-wide streak defecated white.

They say cougars roam around here,
I’ve seen none, won’t walk in fear,
But black bears I’ve had to face,
Add intrigue to this wilderness place.

Yes, a river runs through it, gurgling free,
And as I watch closely it talks to me:
“It’s fragile where you wish to be,
So take concern, tread carefully.”

I reluctantly leave with backward look,
To burn in memory the picture took,
Can hardly wait ‘til its time to return,
Know what the river tells me to learn.


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Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 1/16/2007
Just my kind of place...Your imagery, the satisfaction and serenity, all make me want to return. Excellent!

I have hiked many a mountain, but there are so many, many more!

"...Can hardly wait ‘til its time to return,

Know what the river tells me to learn"

Love and Peace~

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/14/2007
I used to go to those places often to cleanse my mind of technology talking. But now, years from walking, it is harder to put an ear to nature talking.

But I remember...

Beautiful, Leland.

Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 1/14/2007
The love of nature shines through this poem with eloquence and passion. For an all too brief moment we are transported to your place of magic. What a delight!
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 1/14/2007
When I first got AD's notice letting me know that you had posted this poem, you had titled it "Power Poem", and took us there through a link. Upon following it, I found myself in a very special place, indeed - and also, curiously, back in time to the very day I joined AD! Then, I immersed myself in that "power" - yes, places like the one you so beautifully depict, my dearest friend, do indeed empower us, as they fill us with amazing energy, as opposed to certain other places that weaken us, because they drain us of that same energy without which we can't truly live. Now, that you brought what really is "A Special Place" to the present moment, I'm happy to immerse myself in it powerful serenity again... and I guess this will be a place I'll revisit often in the future, such is the wonderful feeling of fulfillment it instills in me. Aaaahhhhhh!!! No wonder you always leave it with a reluctant backward look!
Lots of {{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}} and love,
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/14/2007

In this "A Special Place" all the voices (Lines) sing making a masterpiece of poetic wonders under the music of wisdom to deliver this Paean titled, "A Special Place".

I salute You, Sublime Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/13/2007
This is such a peaceful write, Leland, reminds me of my many days spent alone, beside a stream listening to the sage voice of nature.
Take care,
Reviewed by Deborah Carter 5/26/2003
Leland, this is very lovely....all of us seek a restful retreat where we can commune with nature. Also I would like to thank you for commenting on masquerade.
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 5/26/2003
Wow! I've seen a cougar, about a block from our house in the woods. Beautiful animal, we stared, neither fearful of the other, until it walked away.
I love your descriptive narrative . . . gorgeous. Great poem.
When in my 'imaginative' corner :), do drop in. Even I never know what may pop into my poems next :>!
Reviewed by Candida Eittreim 5/26/2003
You took me there with your poesy. This is simply, utterly charming Leland.

Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 5/26/2003
I too love nature! you did it justice. I really enjoyed the poem! it's special!
Reviewed by Debra Brown (Reader) 5/26/2003
Lucky you, to have such a place to renew your soul and lucky us, with whom you have shared it's grace. *smiles*
Reviewed by Dale Clark 5/26/2003
Leland-It is a special place and a wonderous vision! Thanks for visiting
my port and your kind reviews.
Take Care-Dale
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 5/25/2003
I read the poem and then your bio and then the poem again. Made up my mine, you have a brilliant mind that really holds many ideas at once, and then sorts them out into wonderful coherent patters of thought. A pleasure to read your work. Bill
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/25/2003
What glorious word pictures you have given us, with the expertise of rhythm and rhyme, stunning! I used to live in NJ, took all the turnpikes to Illinois often, and saw the Rappahanock River signs, brought back lots of good memories. don't know if it's the same you mentioned in link...
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/25/2003
This was beautiful, A friend of mine, just returned from such a journey, with peace in his soul, Loved this excellent poem!

Reviewed by Brittany Renée 5/25/2003
Ingeniuous rhyming skills Leland. How beautiful. I also LOVE the name of that link, lo Rappahannock. It is all so beautiful!

Warm Love

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 5/25/2003
This sounds like a place made in heaven :-) Great write.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/25/2003
i love that place, too...beautiful! (((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/25/2003
AAAAAAwww!! Nice place to be....watching nature....the best medication for a worried mind....I am in Awe with this beauty!!Tsk!!Nice... < < <Smiles>>>

Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/25/2003
Nice place to be. Great imagery.
Reviewed by Christine Morell 5/25/2003
I felt transported there with the very beautiful images in your lovely poem.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 5/25/2003
Oh how gorgeous. Everyone needs such a place. Such perfect imagery it felt as if I was there.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 5/25/2003
You have a beautiful place to escape too and thank you for sharing it with me
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