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Poetry Sunday: Muddy Waters


Muddy Waters



Muddy waters take me in

Take me down to nourish my skin

Skin made tough

Skin made thin

Through life’s adventures

Through life’s sins.



So soak it up and banish all ills

Fill me deep, realign my will

A heart made true

A soul made joyful

A powerful voice

Now once again skillful.


© Donna Donabella 2017


I had not written much since last August due to a shoulder injury and due to a need to travel inward….a self-imposed time away. But on a sunny day in early April when I began my new journal habit, this poem flowed forth trying to break the ice damn that had built up.  It was how I was feeling sitting in my garden waiting for it to wake up….and hoping my creative juices would do the same.


The pictures above is of my early spring pond a bit muddy, and below my later spring pond full of life and water lilies.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up, Poetry Pantry, for poets who blog.


I leave you with a few additional words about muddy waters.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2017.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. August 20, 2017    

    What a great poem prompted by your pond to give hope to your own feelings. So soak it up Donna and banish all ills!

    • August 20, 2017    

      Thank you so much Robin! I get a daily dose even in winter watching it under its white icy blanket.

  2. August 20, 2017    

    The positive voice is so pleasant to hear…

    • August 20, 2017    

      I agree….I try to keep connected to that positive part of me as often as I can….otherwise life would be so very hopeless.

  3. August 20, 2017    

    Amen!❤️ I love the positive tone in this.. as though ripples on a clear and crystal lake.. beautifully penned!❤️

    • August 20, 2017    

      Thanks Sanaa….I love that image of the ripples.

  4. Mary Mary
    August 20, 2017    

    That last stanza shows determination! I think we all need to take time out to travel inward at times….and then when we emerge experience a new the powerful voice which springs from deep within one’s heart and soul.

    • August 20, 2017    

      Indeed Mary, it was determination I felt which has emerged powerfully in my life this year…regaining my life and voice!

  5. August 20, 2017    

    “A powerful voice / Now once again skillful.” May it always be so. Lovely photos, Donna, specially that of the spring pond, dream made, as it were.

    • August 20, 2017    

      Oh I thank you Sumana with all my heart….the pond in spring is like a dream!

  6. August 20, 2017    

    Well you’ve come back with a fine poem. Like you pond, too

    • August 20, 2017    

      Nature does that for me….sparks my soul to sing these words. Thanks!

  7. Susan Chast Susan Chast
    August 20, 2017    

    Ah renewal, from a primal part of earth! I love the skin–thin and thick and rough and soothed–in your poem.

    • August 20, 2017    

      There is an amazingly healing feeling when we nourish our skin…..glad you enjoyed it Susan!

  8. Bev Bev
    August 20, 2017    

    I love the hope in that last stanza, and the coming of a better day.

    • August 20, 2017    

      It is that way in my world these days Bev…trying to stay positive and hopeful is a must.

  9. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    August 20, 2017    

    Maybe those muddy waters are the right place from where life can grow…. love the last part.

    • August 20, 2017    

      I think muddy water is very healing Bjorn, and from the mud beautiful water lilies grow! The last part was especially important and healing for me…so glad you enjoyed it oo.

  10. ZQ ZQ
    August 20, 2017    


    • August 20, 2017    

      It felt like a prayer as I wrote it so Amen is a fitting end/reply! 🙂

  11. August 20, 2017    

    It is wonderful you are posting again and your voice sounds powerful indeed. I love the photos of your pond – you are a lucky girl to have one in your yard. I’ll bet the creatures love it too. A lovely post, Donna. I loved it.

    • August 20, 2017    

      I do feel lucky having a pond and yes the critters love it too…it is quite a habitat to watch from season to season Sherry. Thank you for all your support…I do feel powerful and my voice has shifted.

  12. August 20, 2017    

    This was a wonderful read, my favorite part – I think we all have times where we need to realign.

    Fill me deep, realign my will

    A heart made true

    A soul made joyful

    A powerful voice

    • August 20, 2017    

      So glad you enjoyed it. That is my favorite part too…..that realigning is definitely needed often these days.

  13. August 20, 2017    

    Renewal of Spring. And the reality of wanting to grasp that opportunity to start renewed this is very hopeful. Nice.

    Much love…

    • August 20, 2017    

      Thank you gillena…spring always seems to bring me hope.

  14. August 20, 2017    

    So good to have you back. We all have these times I think. I spend a few months away from dVerse because of dealing with my sick mother and ultimately her death in June. Like you one day I woke up, went out and put out hummingbird feeders and began to write again. I like your muddy water!

    • August 20, 2017    

      I am sorry to hear of your mother’s death….nature has always been a healing place of solace for me.

  15. August 20, 2017    

    A fascinating ‘plunge’ into muddy waters … evocative and cathartic.

    • August 20, 2017    

      Oh yes Wendy it was a figurative ‘plunge’…I wish it had been ‘literal’….but regardless it was very cathartic!

  16. August 21, 2017    

    A lovely coming-to-life poem and two beautiful photos, all of which I much enjoyed.

    • August 21, 2017    

      Thanks so much Rosemary….it has felt so liberating since this poem!

  17. August 21, 2017    

    Welcome back.

    • August 21, 2017    

      Thanks Annell…it is wonderful to be back and in strong voice!

  18. Magical Mystical Teacher Magical Mystical Teacher
    August 22, 2017    

    Even muddy waters can work magic in our lives, if we will let them. Thanks for the reminder!

    • August 22, 2017    

      It was a wonderful lesson I have learned! Glad I could share it in poetry.

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