I consider myself very lucky to live in the beautiful Swan Valley area of Perth, Western Australia. One of my favourite places to visit was introduced to me many years ago by my sister-in-law. That place is Bells Rapids Park, Brigadoon where during the Autumn and Winter months the banks of the Swan River swell to engulf the trees and vegetation that are normally part of the river bank walk.
In August of this year my husband and I decided to take a walk to celebrate our joint birthdays and armed with iPhones attempted to capture nature at her best and the raw power that is felt here. My usual poetry style is rhyming, but on this day a free form style seemed more appropriate.
This visual poem is dedicated to my sister-in-law, Sharon Clark for her love of this beautiful and inspiring place.
Powerful rolling amber waves
caress the ancient stones
embedded in the riverbed
rich frothy foam collects
embracing resident trees
as new life springing from the banks
carpet the ground with thick luscious grass
Ruddy red and slate grey rocks
carved into cubes by nature’s hand
stand silently proud keeping sentry
as watery torrents rage in the deep valley
minuscule houses teeter on the brink
pushing hard to capture a safe glance
of the perfection of the rapids below
© Cheryl Mary Coleman, 2018 – Expression #220 15.9.16
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