Door County Poet Laureate Writes Water Theme Poem

At the Midsummer’s Music opening night gala Bret Bicoy stepped up to say a few words on behalf of Celebrate Water. Door County Poet Laureate, Sharon Auberle, also wrote and read the poem below during the evenings celebrations.

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The Water Beatitudes
Eight Declarations of Blessedness

Begin with the symphonies of those mighty oceans
that carried our ancestors to these shores. Bless them!

Bless the music of this inland sea which surrounds
our small peninsula, and blessed be those who protect it.

Remember the childhood creeks you loved …
the ones that taught you to care about wild –
and praise their sunny melodies of water over stones.

Do not forget to bless the puddles you once danced in
and waterfalls always, just because…

Hosannas to our small waters – the wistful rivers
that flow gently, singing to themselves
and the marshes and ponds with kingfishers twirling above,
herons like tall Buddhas, in their stillness.

Bless always the lullaby of night rain
that falls on us in its downpours of sweetness

and the crashing symbols of storms
that replenish to grow our food and flowers,

also, the quiet harmonies
of precious water we drink
and the warmth of it we bathe in each day.

Imagine now, if you can, that time before you were born –
in your mind or a dream, dive into that rich amniotic sea.
feel the peace, the holy.

Hear the beat of your mother’s heart,
that beloved rhythm to which we all began . . .

~ Sharon Auberle

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