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Before Quiet


Sometimes the past reaches out and whispers words of peace. It whispers, strangely and beautifully, in my in-box. I’d love to share a poem written in 1924 by Hazel Wood, featured this week at the website Poem-A-Day.

Before Quiet

I will think of water-lilies
Growing in a darkened pool,
And my breath shall move like water,
And my hands be limp and cool.

It shall be as though I waited
In a wooden place alone;
I will learn the peace of lilies
And will take it for my own.

If a twinge of thought, if yearning
Come like wind into this place,
I will bear it like the shadow
Of a leaf across my face.


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In a season of graduations and transitions of all sorts, I wish you peace and acceptance. And – I wish it for myself.

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Two images sent by Betsy Wills after reading today’s post… photos taken by her yesterday…


  1. Thank you, Jennifer. Your words and wishes are appreciated. Be well, friend.

  2. Beautiful

  3. The clover! So often overlooked. Great angle for your photo. Thank you for sharing the poem, flowers and lily pads

  4. Wonderful poem and beautiful pictures . Thanks Jennifer and Betsy.

  5. My goodness! Betsy’s pictures are so reminiscent of Monet’s Waterlilies. Love the pensive tone of this reflective poem, Jennifer–yet with a touch of apprehension. That’s how 2019 is feeling, awash in waves of change, trying not to fear it but glide through it in the silence underwater.

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