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The Laughing Brook

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sewasham
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The Laughing Brook

When I was young I used to wake and get up at sunrise
To watch the morning fog upon the meadow start to rise
One day off in the distance I could hear a happy sound
But oddly it seemed to be coming from beneath the ground

I ran out through the meadow and across the fields of green
And noticed a small bubbling brook that I had never seen
The clear and sparkling water made the sound that I was after
Flowing 'cross the rocks they filled the morning air with laughter

"Why are you so happy?" I asked the waters with a smile
The shining water smiled right back and said, "Come sit awhile"
So I sat there beside the stream and listened as it told
Of sights that it had seen upon its journey bright and bold

"How can I not be happy?" the clear water said to me
If you had seen the things I have then quickly you would see
My water started flowing from a spring deep in the earth
High up in those mountains is where I was given birth

Traveling down the mountain through the timberland so tall
I saw some thirsty animals and gave a drink to all
And then I saw a little mill on further down the way
I turned its big old water wheel so you’d have bread today

And over those small hills you see and past the woods beyond
I traveled through some pasture land and filled a little pond
The cattle there were grateful and I went upon my way
I passed a little cottage where I watched some children play

The older boys had taken wood and each had built a boat
They teased the smallest boy and told him his would never float
I lifted up his tiny boat and watched his happy smile
As I tipped the other boats over and left them in a pile

Then as I traveled on I saw some worn out fishermen
My waters took their lures to fish so they could reel them in
When I passed through a little town the children came to swim
My cooling water made the day a joyous time for them

And after I have left you here my work has just begun
I'll flow into a lake and share my gifts with everyone
And that is why I laugh so much my young and curious friend
The good Lord’s blessed my waters from beginning to the end

With that the brook went on its way, laughing as it flowed
Content within its purpose carrying a life sustaining load
Bringing a gift of water to all creatures there in need
Happily day after day performing its good deed

I still remember to this day that lesson that I learned
The greatest joys you get in life are given and not earned
I always will be grateful for the moments that I took
Spent listening to the story of the little laughing brook

© Copyright 2007 Stephen E. Washam - All Rights Reserved
ivordavies
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Sewasham,

I wish I had written this!  This is possibly the best poetry of it's style I have read anywhere.

From your carrot friend to a masterpiece of entertainment and 'the meaning of life' in such a pleasurable flow.

This was an amazing and enjoyable read....

Ivor
sewasham
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2 posted 02-14-2007 08:32 PM       View Profile for sewasham   Email sewasham   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sewasham

Thanks Ivor, I'm glad you enjoyed it my friend. Take care and Have fun. Steve

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Steve~

'With that the brook went on its way, laughing as it flowed'

One of the MANY beautiful thoughts flowing through this piece~

I will be back ... for I adore the absolute all of it~

*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

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Rod
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I agree. This is quite brilliant.It took me on a most enjoyable journey...thanks.
You are very talented.....I look forward to reading more of your work. I keep wondering where you'll be taking us next!!
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5 posted 02-14-2007 08:56 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


A poem for children to wonder upon...
if you can catch them early enough.

I do have several young'uns to share this with...

may I?

I thought so.  Thank you, Steven!



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A Thursday ... cause it's THAT GOOD !

~*The sound of a kiss is not as strong as that of a cannon, but it's echo endures much longer*~
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LeeJ
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I still remember to this day that lesson that I learned
The greatest joys you get in life are given and not earned
I always will be grateful for the moments that I took
Spent listening to the story of the little laughing brook


for this amazingly wonderful write
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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just beautiful Stephen!   RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

Marge Tindal
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Steve~
Once again I come to The Laughing Brook to take a big poetic sip of your thoughts~

*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

~*The sound of a kiss is not as strong as that of a cannon, but it's echo endures much longer*~
Email -     noles1@totcon.com   

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