Living On Waterfalls

Waterfall Rapids

Cumberland Falls, KY
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Black Water Falls, WV
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Black Water Falls, WV
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Black Water Falls, WV
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Black Water Falls, WV
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Black Water Falls, WV
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Black Water Falls, WV
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Black Water Falls, WV
Black Water Falls, WV | Source

Living on top of Waterfalls

At times life moves so quickly, I feel as though I am at the top of a waterfall and no matter how hard I paddle, the current is too strong. I am being pulled down over the edge. I feel as though I am falling forever and yet it is over before I can breathe again. A deep breath just before the plunge, a gasp as I bob up, then under I go. Frantically trying to stay afloat as the rapids shove me around, bashing me against rocks and tree roots. I grab at a root as I am whooshed by, just grazing it with my fingers. The next root is caught in my hand pulling and slamming me against the bank. This is only temporary as I lose my grip, sliding along the bank, scraping up my side as I am thrown back into the turbulent water.

Lazy River

I know this river may go on forever and am certain that I can not. I recall a vacation at Myrtle Beach, S. C. several years ago. The motel had what they called a “Lazy River” where you would just drift in this little man-made stream, going around and around. I dream of that easy relaxed time and want more of it. It would be so nice to lay atop that tube and let the pulsing jets gently ease me along. The slow movement and the big oblong doughnut shape make for peace of mind. A bit of meditation, unlike the ferociously ravenous waterway I am now being propelled through.

Give Me a Break

Give me a babbling brook, a still pond, a gentle lapping lake to help strengthen and refresh my resolve. A small break, even if just for a few days. Recuperated I can bear the roiling, churning deluge further. Accepting the battering and bruising that goes along with it. Praying to keep my head above water and air in my lungs. Hope there will be an end to this whirlpool soon. Faith that there will be a safe comfortable cove somewhere along the shore. A dry and warm shelter, with plenty of food and drink. These are the things that keep me going.

Bottom of Waterfalls

Life at the top of a waterfall may be tremulous but to live at the bottom would certainly be much worse. The constant pulverizing impact of the crushing avalanche of liquid would be impossible to survive. There would be no way to come up for air. The tumbling aqua with force of steel crashing upon your head, would paralyze if nothing else. No chance of reaching for a root to secure yourself. The only thing to save you at the bedrock is prayer, possibly a miracle. Don't get me wrong, waterfalls are beautiful at a distance, even close up.

Cumberland Falls, KY

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Cumberland Falls, KY
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Cumberland Falls, KY
Cumberland Falls, KY | Source
Cumberland Falls, KY
Cumberland Falls, KY | Source
Cumberland Falls, KY
Cumberland Falls, KY | Source
Cumberland Falls, KY
Cumberland Falls, KY | Source
Cumberland Falls, KY
Cumberland Falls, KY | Source
Cumberland Falls, KY
Cumberland Falls, KY | Source
Cumberland Falls, KY
Cumberland Falls, KY | Source

Behind Waterfalls

Living behind a waterfall, now maybe that is where it's at. Watching life go by right outside your home. Viewing nature at its purest yet being out of harms way. Yet the roaring cascade may make it difficult to sleep. Certainly would erode your hearing. It may be a bit dark and dank as well. How much sunlight would get through, I wonder? This may still be too generous with activity for me. I prefer to be little more laid back.

Serenity and Tranquility

Give me the trickle of a slow running stream, with birds singing, frogs croaking, and crickets chirping. Give me a sympathetic pond with fish jumping, turtles bathing, and herons fishing. Give me a tranquil lake with sunlight glistening off the many ripples, birds flying above and pink blush clouds stroked across the pale blue sky. Shade trees and flowers, plants of all kind and wildlife bustling about at their chores. I'll visit the waterfalls whenever I need more vigor in my life. But let me live the serene life, there I will be thoroughly content.

Waterfalls of my Mind

I will be content to live such a life when I reach that cove. Until then I will battle the current and struggle to stay above water as I tumble from one fall to the next. This life may not be easy but it is worth living, for all the beauty in it. Ah, a root maybe I can grasp it! Stretching, kicking with all of my strength. Farther, farther I lunge toward it, but I am not strong enough. I can not quite get there. Drifting and dog paddling I will overtake my nemesis eventually. I will not let it keep me down. I will not drown, for waiting for me somewhere along this treacherous white water I will find my respite, where my beautiful grandchildren wait with open arms to comfort their Grammy.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What wonderful imagery about life. Voting your "living on waterfalls" up, useful and beautiful.


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, Peggy!

I just wrote about how I have been feeling lately. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you also for the vote.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Dardia, I totally understand where you are coming from on this! I used to feel like I was on a small boat drifting away from the shore! but this is beautiful, the way you explain your life in the way of a waterfall, totally true, and spot on! cheers nell


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Nell! It is funny how that came to me. My son had posted a link to a picture of a castle sitting on top of a waterfall. It of course is not real. An artist created it and it looks real. I was looking at that and the idea hit me that at times lately I do feel this way.

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Mind Unsettled 5 years ago from In My Head

Great analogy to life. I tend to view life like you - "I will battle the current and struggle to stay above water as I tumble from one fall to the next." I don't want to be a spectator sitting in my comfort zone behind the waterfall :) Cheers, MU


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Welcome, Mind Unsettled!

Nice to hear from you. I have read a few of your hubs, very interesting. I use hubs for personal therapy, maybe this will work for you as well.

Thank you for coming by!

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I used hubs when I first came here for therapy and then I put myself on a mission for relaxing poetry. It works sometimes, lol. I think I would like to be across from the falls, only observing. In fact I have always said I would so love to have a waterfall in my back yard, but then who wouldn't? Thanks for sharing, very good!


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Pollyannalana,

Nice to hear from you. I agree I would like to live across from a waterfall. I have been trying to work out how I could run a waterfall down the hill in my backyard. I need to figure out how to pump the water up to the top from the pond without too much energy so it can flow down the hill back into the pond. My husband wants it to be solar powered, but I think it would be more effective if it were wind powered. We get a lot of wind in the valley between the house and the hill.


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Hello Dardia , This is a great write my dear! Water .....its the cure all for many many ailments!!!Awesome.....:-}


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Dardia 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello ahorseback,

Thank you for the compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed my article. Water is a wonderful thing, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

This is wonderful! How perfectly you describe the feeling of the water, and of life. I was lost in your words.


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Dardia 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, Dana! I think I am floating down a lazy river currently. Makes me wonder when I might run into rapids. ;)

I guess the lazy river might need a few ups and downs to get me back on here writing. :{


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I love nature, I love water falls, and once in the past a girl I had a crush on in college had taken me to one, and it was such a romantic scene.

The bad thing though however, is that I hadn't enough courage back then to just go for it and kiss here, yikes I wish I had done it today, who know where my life would have led me back then with her.

Oh well I guess I chose not to chase that water fall, Hehe!

I simply love your take on things here with the differing creative looks at how waterfalls can have play in your mind and in your life as a whole if you were to be directly affected by them in many ways, physically and mentally.

This is one powerful hub indeed, and I will help to get it noticed by all of my followers and friends on many differing networks for sure, Good Luck! & thanks again for your awesome answer you left for me a while back. Everything here counts for sure. Cheers to powerful hubbing.

Voted up on all levels.


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Dardia 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, CloudExplorer!

I like that name, by the way. I appreciate the votes the compliments and the networking. It's funny how we lack confidence in ourselves when we are young enough to enjoy it and when we have the confidence it doesn't seem to be needed quite as much. Hope you have found a waterfall worth all of the turbulence and beauty she can offer. ;)


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jennyjenny 4 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

Great Hub Dar! What a rush, pun intended. :)


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Dardia 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks, jennyjenny! I just wrote what popped in my head. I was looking at a picture of a waterfall and started to think of how I had been feeling at that time.


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Dardia , Hello stranger , where have I been ! Awesome write !I will sit with you there by the stream though !.......:-}

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