Honourable Mention

 Water Dreams

by Ruth E. Walker

 
Ask the water what it dreams at night
and it will laugh
for water dreams are constant
under sunlight or stars
they flow and catch on grasping roots
follow a river's course
hold surface tension tight
cradle fish, prey and predator alike
and wash clean the bones of older dreams
 
Water dreams carry carving ice in winter
to release in the spring
fill gullies and gullets with wilder thoughts
chase rapids into fall
quench summer's heat and float
yellow restless leaves
 
Ask the water what it dreams at night
and it will sigh
for ocean dreams are endless
blending horizons with shimmered sky
holding salt, sacred salt
and pulling it all down deep
where valleys and mountains sing of
whale roads
while crenellated fans wave,
cling to wrecks
and wait for the rivers to find
their way home to the sea
 
Ask the water what it dreams at night
and it will be silent
for a season's rain chooses its arrival
clinging inside clouds
until the weight is impossible
and the call of parched land
undeniable
 
Fall then, fall into imaginings
morning mist or twilight haze
water dreams choose their time
they rain unburdened
heeding the call of the empty shell
that waits, listens and breathes