Sunday, June 17, 2012


                            Puddle, 1952, M. C. Escher

I can't imagine what'll
Match a simple puddle:
Sky and trees all upside-down,
Goo and muck (my Mom would frown).
I hear the puddle splash or splat
Each time I walk--just think of that!
It splashes on a suit or dress
And makes a truly wondrous mess.
I can't imagine what'll
Match a simple puddle.

Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit;
let the earth cause them both to sprout;
I the Lord have created it.
(Isaiah 45:8 ESV)

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Tess Kincaid said...

What'll and puddle made me giggle...charming write Jim...

Helen said...

Your Magpie is fun ~ pure and simple!

Brian Miller said...

haha fun read man...not much will match a puddle...smiles.

Linda said...

The simple puddle is way more complex than your words would suggest. I love the parameters you have sketched with textures, sounds and imagery. Thank you for sharing this heavenly gift, Jim.

Catfish Tales said...

Simply lovely and childlike

SueAnn Lommler said...

Puddles are still so much fun!! Ha!

Jim Swindle said...

Tess Kincaid, Helen, Brian Miller, Catfish Tales, SueAnn Lommler, glad you enjoyed it.

Linda, yes, puddles are complex. Thanks for starting me thinking about it: Some items are dissolved and others suspended. The reflections vary according to whether the wind is still and according to how much water's in the puddle. There's probably much more we could learn...or we could just splash and make a mess.

Carrie Burtt said...

Kids always see puddles differently than this Jim! :-)

Kathe W. said...

what'll puddle...heh heh heh
clever man you!

Kutamun said...

Hey great contrast Jim , the muck automatically evokes the cleansing rain. One cannot exist without the other, i like that, thanks

Cathy said...

Very nice! It reminds me of the poetry in children books of long ago. You rarely see that anymore...