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Pond Ripples

Updated on May 5, 2015
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By: Wayne Brown


A pebble tossed into a small pond

Pierces the glassy, quiet surface of the water

Then disappears from sight below the surface

Leaving only the ripples of its arrival


Each ripple grows into a ring expanding outward

Away from the point of entry into the water

Moving, ever-growing in size and effect

Pushed by the initial momentum of the stone


Moving outward, multiple rings on the water surface

Touching other things; creating motion; movement

Breaking the still calm of the water

With all the effect of a pond-sized tsunami wave


Arriving at the shore and absorbed into the land

Energy no longer there; all from the tossing of a pebble

The water still once again;regains its composure

As if the pebble never existed


People create the same effect in the pond of life

Setting off growing ripples as they splash into the waters

Touching others, moving them one way or the other

That energy soon absorbed and the waters calmed


Ripples are temporary things in water and life

Expanding circles of energy touching off needs and urges

That must be quelled within the moment

Then disappearing into calm; awaiting the next stone


┬ęCopyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved


11/30/2011


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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're quite welcome. I'm glad you wrote it!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @PDXKaraokeGuy...Thank you, so glad you liked it. WB

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      great observations, Wayne

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @homesteadbound...Thank you, glad you liked both! WB

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Your words enhanced the picture. It all blended together so well.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Debby Bruck...Yes, me too, thanks much! WB

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Like the reflection in the pond. •??????????•

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Debby Bruck...Thank you so much. So very glad that you enjoyed this verse. WB

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Wayne. Truly, truly beautifully written. What a gorgeous photograph that I can just about touch the water. Blessings, Debby

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...That is it exactly. Back a few generations, parents use to teach awareness and regard for others to their children...not so much anymore. We live in a nation now of the "me" generation and so many of us are creating a lot of rough water for the others. Thanks much, Amy. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

      Whatever we do affects those around us . . . good or bad. Our actions speak so much louder than our words. This should not be a threat of what is right or wrong - but more of a motto to live by. We want to leave people with the thought of potential!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Movie Master...Thanks much...we all give off those rings of effect ourselves, we just don't see them. Maybe we should. WB

      @MartieCoetser...Yes indeed! Thanks for the good words. WB

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      You have sketched the ripple-effect excellent in this poem of yours, Wayne. Sometimes those ripples are enormous waves... indeed tsunamis.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What an incredibly beautiful picture.

      I love the way you have related a ripple to life, beautiful.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @anndavis25...WooHooo! Thanks much! WB

      @breakfastpop...I amaze me too! LOL! WB

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      You amaze me, you really do...

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      hummmm, you just described what a kiss does to me.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Thanks Doc, I'm trying to be the "whole man" rather than taking the "metrosexual" route! LOL! WB

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Wayne - I already knew you were a praiseworthy political pundit. Now I see you are a proficient poetic philosopher as well. Way to go! Vited up!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @FitnezzJim...Too often that is all we see...the effect. We don't see the stone. WB

      @bizzymom...Thank you. We don't see the ripples we cause as easily but they are surely there setting off reactions by the energy they release...sometimes good; sometimes not so good. WB

      @cat on a soapbox...Thank you! Glad you liked it. WB

      @Cardisa...I guess I just get lucky! LOL! Thanks for those nice words. WB

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Wayne you always have the most beautiful poetry which always tell a story. Ripples are also true to life. Thanks for sharing.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      very nice!!

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      bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

      What a lovely poem and picture. I can almost see it happening just by reading your words. Also, a great comparison between the stone and people. Thanks for sharing!

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      The stone goes one way, the ripples go another. The pebble never comes to shore, only the ripple it caused, and even that ripple could have been caused by something else entirely.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Just Ask Susan...This was a different approach for me inspired by the comments of a reader on another poem. I was not sure that I wanted to publish it at first. Glad that it works for you. WB

      @writer20...Thank you, so glad you liked it.WB

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem I enjoyed, thank you. voted up and beautiful.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Next time I skip a stone into water I'll think of your poem. I've never thought of a ripple being related to people and life. Enjoyed your poem. Thanks for giving me something new to think about.