‘The Calm’ by John Gray The Society June 24, 2014 Beauty, Poetry 1 Comment That distant bellow is merely a case Of west wind rushing through the tamarack In a race with itself to cliff and back, Far from the lake’s quiet undisturbed face But for the waxwings’ endless mayfly chase, The roll of shore-bound flotsam, bric-a-brac Topped with foam, following a daubed-light track Of welcome ripple at a breeze’s pace. Nothing bothers the lake, not thick eel grass, Not the murmurings of air-flow. the creep Of painted turtles’ it lets all those pass That need its shelter, its relief, the steep Of golden sun in water, glimmer-glass, Long as a white pine trunk and mirrored deep. John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in The Lyric, Vallum and the science fiction anthology, “The Kennedy Curse” with work upcoming in Bryant Literary Magazine, Natural Bridge, Southern California Review and the Oyez Review. Featured Image: “The Lake District Painting” by Alfred de Breanski Buttermere. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response gabriel June 25, 2014 Like this, good imagery free from banal rhymes and the poem conveys the sounds of the lake – the rush of wings, a distant wind in the trees, shore ripples, grass. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.