Poetry Friday Reading Themes Water Tales

Poetry Friday: Blackwater Pond by Mary Oliver

I have fallen in love with Mary Oliver’s poetry and I blame our Poetry Friday friend, Jama Rattigan for this. Poetry Friday is hosted this week by the amazingly beautiful Robyn Hood Black of Read, Write, Howl. 

Since we have just recently launched our new bimonthly theme until end of December called “Stream of Stories and Whispering Water Tales” I deliberately searched for Mary Oliver poems that would fit our water theme and I found Blackwater Pond. Just beautiful. I took a screenshot of the poem from my camera phone and used an iPhone app to superimpose the words to this lovely image. Hope you like it.

Blackwater Pond by Mary Oliver

Cheers to the “beautiful things that just happened” in our lives, dear friends.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

13 comments on “Poetry Friday: Blackwater Pond by Mary Oliver

  1. I have A Thousand Mornings on order!


  2. Fats Suela

    Cheers indeed. Happiness abounds. =)


  3. Oh, love the presentation of the poem, Myra! Have to learn how to do that too (just got an iPhone). Such a beautiful poem. “cupped hands” — the poem I’m featuring by Penny Harter has cupped hands too.

    It’s good to be “blamed” for Mary Oliver. Reading her latest book now :).


  4. Cheers to you too, dear Myra. I seem to have missed Jama’s posts about Mary Oliver – so maybe i’ll end up blaming you 🙂 – beautiful.


  5. Love it. What more can I say??


  6. Beautiful! I love it that it’s about drinking water — how mundane, and yet how wonderful!


  7. “It tastes like stone, leaves, fire.” – exquisite. Thanks for sharing, Myra, and for this lovely presentation!


  8. These are beautiful lines, Myra. This makes me think of the timeless quality of water. You present some of the best images in our blogging world as well!


  9. One can never tire of Mary Oliver – each time I read this poem I am transported into another, better world. Thanks for sharing this, Myra!


  10. Beautiful that you put it all together this way, Myra. Before we moved to Colorado, we lived on a lake in Missouri-a magical time then, too! I love this image of water as rejuvenation-here the drinking, but just the sound of water lapping is marvelous for the soul. Thank you!


  11. Great choice for a poem and beautifully presented. Mary Oliver’s poems always make me resolve to pay closer attention. Thanks too for telling how you put it together.


  12. Here’s to more beautiful things in your life — even if, like this poem-picture, you have to make them yourself!


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