I went to Snoqualmie Falls on my way home from my Olympia/Portland journey and was amused when I noticed words embedded into the steps and sidewalk around the visitors’ centre. I couldn’t find anything about them on signs, so I don’t know if they are meant to form together into a poem, or if they’re meant to spark the imaginations of others—or if they’re just meant to be random falls-related words.
Without directions from signs, I’ve decided to try my hand at a quick poem using the words as inspiration. So, here goes!
by Just Frances
Sparkling, rushing, gushing
She smiled as he walked through the door
Whirling, swirling, twirling, breathtaking
Her heart skipped a beat; her head was dizzy
Like the ebbs eddies of the water, her emotions flowed
Each glance sent ripples through her heart
His very presence was as refreshing as the spray and mist of mountain waterfall
His eyes glistened like crystallised stones reflecting in backwater’s ruffles
Splashing, soaking, misting with each gaze
Her love for him was as deep as a catch pool
Though the currents and waves sent her emotions scrambling
Her thoughts turned to crashing, rumbling, tumbling thoughts of sadness
As he meandered through the room
Her spirit felt a plunging, pouring, roaring upheaval as she realised he would never be hers
And then the tears were cascading, falling, flowing
She felt that her entire world was rolling in desperate desire
Like the spring’s snow melt over the waterfall
Yikes! That is really bad. I’m sorry about that. I decided to give myself only 5 minutes and this is what happens when you just let the words flow.
The words I found are below—in the order I found them (and the order I’ve used above).
My challenge to you is to use some or all of them to write something of your own: A poem, a story, a song—anything that strikes your fancy. And if you’ve moved to share it with me, that would be great!