Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

By Placid Bay


By Placid Bay

for my mother-in-law on the morning of her passing

These leaves,

white with winter,

and those frozen, spiky pine cones,

then, a cement barrier,

marked “no trespassing,”

protecting a broken dam–

seagulls pay no mind to signs.

On the side of the rough road,

two frozen dandelions, still yellow,

look ridiculously optimistic,

as a horn beeps off  a hoard of vultures

blocking the street.  They retreat,

return, my Australian Shepherd mix,

on a long, long leash,

gleefully chasing them away.


Copyright Jan. 8, 2013

Katherine M. Gotthardt


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

6 thoughts on “By Placid Bay

  1. So nice to see all you lovely visitors! Grateful for your feedback and kind comments. My MIL was a great lady who is still very much with us in her new form and old spirit.

    I look forward to participating more at dVerses!

  2. Your love for Williams shine through in this wonderful image that creates a poignant tribute for your mother-in-law. Loss does inspire some incredible poetry such as this.

  3. Dear Katherine,
    This is brilliant. I can see and feel two petite flowers weathering the cold, finding a friend in an Australian Shepherd.

    I feel I have to rework my offering after landing here.

  4. great images…my fav is the …two frozen dandelions, still yellow,
    look ridiculously optimistic….just excellent…so felt, standing at this turn, not really being able to grab completely what just happened..

    and hey..welcome at dVerses..just approved your comment – if you like you can insert the link in the mr. linky widget on the bottom of the post, so that more people see it and you can also see who else took the challenge and may wanna read some of them as well

  5. Poignant scene as you digest the passing of your m-i-l! I am sorry for your loss.

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