Sunday, January 31, 2010

Grace, A Cinquain

Mouth of the Russian River as seen from Red Hill, Sonoma County Coast in December, 2009


Grace

So kind—
Our Mother Earth.
Holding us in such grace
We think Her patience will never
Run out.








(A Cinquain is a 5 line poetic form inspired by Haiku and Tanka but adapted to English by by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey. Cinquain poetry has achieved a following over the years. In its basic form, a Cinquain's five lines display a syllabic count of 2-4-6-8-2.

20 comments:

steven said...

hey dan - can you believe that scene up top of your blog!!! that's gorgeous! i think mother earth has more patience than we have care. i'm hopeful that the understanding of care that has been known by our first nation peoples will soon be gifted over to the rest of the world. a peaceful day. steven

The Pollinatrix said...

Oh how I love the Russian River! I wish I was floating down it right now.

The poem is great, so much meaning in so few lines.

Dan Gurney said...

steven---exactly!!! I think you do more to achieve that mission than anyone blogging I know. We must do all we can to notice and share the beauty and grace of the web of life.

Dan Gurney said...

Polli, thank you. The cinquain form is quite a lot of fun to work with. Haiku, Tanka, Cinquain and other short-form poems seem particularly well-suited to our times.

The Pollinatrix said...

Poem-bytes?

Dayne Gingrich said...

Beautiful! Let's hope she does have enough patience!

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Dayne. We humans have asked so much (too much) of the web of life.

Our "civilization" is causing mass extinctions around the globe. Scientists whom I trust tell us urgently that we are altering the climate in ways that endanger our own (and most other species') ability to survive.

I think we've asked for too much patience already and it's time we listen in to the web of life and be ready to reorient our lives quite completely.

Dan Gurney said...

Polli, sure poem bytes. But I hope they're chewy enough to get our attention and make us think. And think a lot. See my reply to Dayne...

Jenny Stevning said...

Yes, stunning photo and I am with Polli...so powerful in so few words. Thank you, Dan!

Kathleen said...

So so lovely, Dan--the photo, the cinquain, and the sentiment. Such beauty leaves me breathless and joyful. Thank you for sharing!

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

I opened your blog with my son nearby in the office and his comment was that your photo could easily have been of the east coast of New Zealand where we had a batch on the Whareama river mouth.

Your cinquains are great and show your depth of care and concern for our environment.
Thanks Dan

Happy days

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Jenny-- I am happy you enjoyed it. I took the photo on a hike with my wife a while back. It's so beautiful here. Sometimes, walking that trail I think, "Heaven must be like this. Something like this. So beautiful, so peaceful, so quiet."

Dan Gurney said...

Kathleen, thank you for saying so. It's actually very encouraging to hear comments like yours...and then it makes me want to keep my eye open for more moments of splendor, which, of course, thanks to the wonderful web of life in which we take part, are readily available--if we quiet our minds down and open up our hearts enough to let Nature show us Her wonders.

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn, I imagine New Zealand to be geographically very much like California with its mountains and coastlines. But I have a feeling I'd feel culturally more at home in New Zealand. Lots of sailing, yes? Less crowded, more sheep. However I do like the cultural diversity we've got going in California with its mixtures of many many cultures. Someday, perhaps, I'll visit there.

Stream Source said...

All so very lovely, in all ways. Some of my favorite wines come from the Russian River Valley. Not sure if that industry has tested Mother Earth's patience in the region or not?

You'd be a remarkable facilitator for the Awakening The Dreamer initiative. http://awakeningthedreamer.org/

Be well ~

Jim714 said...

You seem to have an affinity for the Cinquain. The form is a challenge. Thanks for posting this.

Jim

Dan Gurney said...

SS, I'm not familiar with awakening the dreamer. Right now my plate's too full, but perhaps i'll look into this in the summer.

Dan Gurney said...

Jim...thank you for reacquainting me with the form.

Sandy Eastoak said...

Sweet & bam!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Sandy,

Thanks for leaving a comment. Yeah, that's the whole idea of a cinquain... those last two syllables ought to have some impact.

I enjoyed dinner with you last Wednesday.....