Poetry Information


Take some time to stop and look at nature. Pick up a rock or two and think about where it might have started out and what it might have gone through to end up where you found it.


The smoothest rock is the one
that was in the roughest part
of the stream,
where it was tossed to and fro,
bouncing from rock to rock
or tree branch,
losing a little of its roughness
with each bang,
until gradually it comes to rest
in the calm, quiet sand
at the edge of the stream.
When you pick it up
and feel its smoothness
you can feel the vibrations
of its tumultuous journey
and know that
despite the troubles you now face,
you too will come to a calm
and quiet place,
your rough edges smoothed,
and you will grant peace
to those who hold you close.
The energy you contain
will speak to their hearts and minds
and calm them,
and they will realize
that they too can have this peace,
if only they will trust
that God has their best interests at heart.

We seek out the smooth stones
because we know that they
can easily skip across the surface
of the water for a great distance.
Those with rough edges
quickly sink to the bottom -
they have no longevity.
A good "skipping stone" is a great find indeed.
For it is in the heart of the stone
that the strength is found.
The outside edges are weak
and break off easily,
but the centre becomes purer
and more durable
as the roughness is ground away.
So too our inner core
becomes more durable
as our rough edges
are smoothed.

Copyright Fran Watson February 2005

Fran Watson

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

The Guardian

'The spark will ignite': how poetry helps engage people with dementia
The Guardian
'The spark will ignite': how poetry helps engage people with dementia. Shared reading has a significant impact on mood, concentration and social interaction. A Liverpool charity is running sessions in care homes. Supported by. SKILLS FOR CARE About ...

Lansing State Journal

At the Poetry Room, free verse, funny stories and cheesy pick-up lines
Lansing State Journal
LANSING — Masaki Takahashi's car broke down one day not long after he graduated from Michigan State University, and he needed a job right away. So he walked across the street and into a car dealership and declared, "Hey, my name's Masaki, and I can ...

Irish Times

The poetry of June Caldwell's Room Little Darker
Irish Times
Why do I think of poetry as I read it? Is it poetic prose? What do we mean when we say that prose is poetic? The prose poem itself has been described as short, primarily descriptive or exploratory rather than narrative, and using techniques ...

Irish Times

Máirtín Ó Direáin remembered: patrols, paramilitaries and poetry
Irish Times
It was the act of reading that sticks in the mind; the act whereby a poet speaks aloud words that have been mute on a page until then. Máirtín Ó Direáin, poet, died 30 years ago today. Yet, I close my eyes and see him speaking again. He read in Belfast ...

Yes! Weekly

Yes! Weekly
JACAR PRESS announces a one-of-a-kind experience happening this weekend – March 23-25 in Winston-Salem, with many events open to the public. With a group of world-renowned poets gathered into a stellar faculty, the 2018 Jacar Press Gathering of Poets ...

Bennington Banner

Poetry series begins Wednesday at Bennington
Bennington Banner
Poetry series begins Wednesday at Bennington. National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis will give a reading on Wednesday at Bennington College. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMANDA SCHWENGEL AND HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE. Posted Monday, March 19, 2018 9:51 am ...

Between the Lines: Poetry in the Woods
Inspiration for literature comes from many places, but perhaps most often it comes from nature. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is partnering with Friends of Poetry, a nonprofit organization in Kalamazoo, to encourage “Baby Boomers” who are age 50 and up ...

'Voiceless' Inmates Find Healing Through Poetry Program
U.S. News & World Report
"It can capture what you've gone through and your experiences in prison." Sharing those experiences with others is an important element of the programs. During the past three years, the Johnson County Library has hosted several Arts in Prison Poetry ...

and more »


“Hygienic Egg 2018: a focus on the Poetry of Death” brings dance, song and poetry to New London
Dozens of people packed into the Hygenic Sunday for “Hygienic Egg 2018: a Focus on the Poetry of Death,” the eighth annual promenade performance put on by performers and artists associated with the Dragon's Egg, an artist's studio in Ledyard. "I've had ...

In Your Area

Ascot care home asks neighbours to join them on World Poetry Day
In Your Area
A care home in Ascot is inviting the community to join residents in celebrating World Poetry Day on Wednesday, March 21. This year the Care UK team at Larkland House care home in London Road will open its doors from 11am for a morning of word play and ...
North-east care home to celebrate World Poetry DayAberdeen Evening Express

all 2 news articles »

Google News

home | site map | Art of the Ocean
© 2006