photo by Josh Scholten
photo by Josh Scholten

Don’t say, don’t say there is no water
to solace the dryness at our hearts…

Don’t say, don’t say there is no water.

That fountain is there among its scalloped
green and gray stones,
it is still there and always there
with its quiet song and strange power
to spring in us,
up and out through the rock.
~Denise Levertov from “The Fountain”
Spring is a time of solace, a rehydration of our dry hearts.  We are sprung from an internal desert by a fountain cascading up and over and through the impenetrable yet smoothed rock of our souls, a perpetual hymn of watery song strengthened by each obstacle, emboldened by every impeding obstruction.
Still there and always there, for when we are most thirsty, for when we hear over and over there is no water.
We know better.

3 thoughts on “Solace

  1. Emily Love this one. Beautiful photo. Kathy So good to see you at Lillian’s birthday party.



  2. Beautiful imagery, Emily. I read it over and over and each time discovered a deeper meaning. “…strengthened by each obstacle, emboldened by each impeding obstruction….” These two phrases, separately and together, provide grist for much introspection.
    I’m thinking, too, of the place that water has in our liturgies, in the Sacrament of Baptism. and the innumerable times that it is mentioned in Scripture. One can easily realize the importance of water’s symbolism in the life of the Church.

    I immediately thought of two of my favorite ‘water’ quotes from John’s Gospel:
    (1) “…those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” – John 4:14 NRSV (said to the Samaritan woman at the well)
    (2) “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture says:
    ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.’ ” – John 7:37b-38 NAB.

    Thank you.


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