Currency of the Earth

Autumn fog covers the sea,
gray water quiet
with barely a ripple.
A lone seal fishes
along the rock shore,
a raven tears at his food.
Glad to be hidden
I stare at the water
as dolphin arc
in the tideline,
gulls perch and wait;
foghorns echoing
the only sound.
Moments of stillness
precious as gold,
currency of the earth
rich as starlight.
I rest here
in the falling mist,
entraining myself
to silence.




















Reading by the author with music by Van Morrison


12 Responses to “Currency of the Earth”

  1. David Barnes says:

    Wealth accrues naturally when one chooses such gracious ways to investing one’s life, spending only on that which truly satisfies. Fine poem, great photo, great music. The new and original economy opened through portals of poetic magic.

  2. Tom Figel says:

    Don, the words you have written have the rhythm of the lapping seawaves in them. I can think of one or two of your old friends who could stand some “entraining to silence.”

  3. Jay Schwartz says:

    Don: One of your old friends who should be “entraining to silence “ has, unfortunately, not done so.

  4. Sandy Jensen says:

    This is a poem improved by your performance as voice and music enhance the overall mood. I really don’t know the word “entraining,”—it sounds like maybe something from pop psychology? It landed with a clunk on my ear. What I appreciated were all the active, even if quiet, verbs. Not a “being verb” among them, which always strengthens a poem!

  5. David Kyle says:

    I bow in gratitude with you for the silence, the night and the sweet breeze of the wind.

  6. Edward Haimes says:

    Don, Silence is truly golden and enables the heart to see. I cherish the silence found deep in the heart of the earth from which the truth is born, as water, the symbol of truth is born in the depths of the earth and arises as a mist upon the verdant earth. I live to explore the silence of being. Ed

  7. Don….so pristine and beautiful, this…..well done!

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  9. Athena Coleman says:

    Silence, my favorite word. Just considering it brings solace. Thank you for this beautiful poem. Hearing you read it brings peace and balance.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Dad I love this audio recording! Nailed it! It really helped me feel this poem in a different way than just reading. In your 70s and still learning new tech 👊🏼

  11. eleanor gill milner says:

    Don, if you had read this with the music background in one of my old communication classes, you would be given an A.

  12. William Comer says:

    viva la silence!

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