poetry and prose about place

cave beneath the waterfall

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In the cold weather, I think about the waterfalls we saw this summer.  As the temperature gets lower, they succumb.  First the water freezes at the edges, building up on the rocks and ledges.  Then, gradually icicles build and the surface water freezes.  By mid-winter, the waterfall will be a frozen cataract, a glass house of ice.  Within the frozen falls are ice caverns and icicles, places where water runs and where water stands still, and places where the ice traps sunlight to shimmer and sparkle. 

One of the waterfalls we visited this summer was Smith Falls (see ‘niche beneath waterfall’ under the category ‘waterways’, published October 21, 2011).  At the base of the waterfall was a small cave.  In winter, the entrance to this cave must be a crystalline curtain of icicles and glass.  

Below, in my poem and drawing, I remember the cave and waterfall in summer.       



            ‘a small cave is hidden beneath the falls’

                                        –  trail guide


sip of tea

candles lit in evening

a lap quilt tucked

relief from freshet


cave,  respite

beneath two newly reconciled

slabs of bedrock

or where vulnerable sediments finally fail

succumb to the reach of water


spurt and shard

the brawl subsides

and damp recedes

pollen settles


concentric rings

and space is made

to occupy


© Jane Tims 2011


© Jane Tims 2011

Written by jane tims

November 28, 2011 at 6:58 am

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  1. This one makes me think of Japanese prints.
    And the poem is very peaceful.


    Sonya Chasey

    December 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

  2. I am enjoying your sketches and poetry. You are talented!



    December 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

  3. I love the way you paint/draw pictures with your words. Wonderful post, Jane. 🙂



    November 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

    • Hi Robin. I enjoyed making this post very much… all motivated by that lovely little nest basket! Jane


      jane tims

      November 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm

  4. As always, excellent post Jane.
    – Denis



    November 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm

  5. love the picture



    November 28, 2011 at 8:08 am

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