Revisiting the Tiny Spring….

Cattails cut down a few days ago...

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I went back by the small spring this morning….Someone had just cut the cattails down, and you can see them drying a few feet beyond…Up and down the ditch is extremely dry except for this little place.  There is a small pool of water that has always been here.  A heron flew off as I drove up….

What’s the attraction?  Well, the water is cold and clear and it’s teaming with small fish and very large freshwater snails.  The culvert goes under the road, but the other side is dry as a bone; as is the rest of the ditch.

What lies beneath...

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Underwhelmed you may be, but this is quite beautiful to me….I have seen many of Florida’s spectacular springs….Some with water over 30 meters deep and as clear as crystal.  But this little tiny pool has spunk.  No matter how much asphalt is on top, or how many people walk by without noticing, it continues to slowly seep out clear pure water.  The Tampa area used to be filled with these little springs.  most were covered, capped, or just ruined.  It really is endangered, and I truly hope it does not get destroyed.  The animals in it may be small, but it is the ONLY provider of an aquatic ecosystem in its general area.  For that and for me, it is the most special thing around.  It may be tiny, but I love it….

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Crystalline and pure…

Full of life but close to death…

Cradled in my arms…

Not a newborn but ancient in memories and wisdom…

Keep the flow coming…

Keep the lungs breathing…

Keep the heart pumping…

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With a spear, I shall stab them,

and with words, I shall pierce their armor…

Nothing is gone until it is lost….

And things lost may be found…

or stay lost…

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Like the birds of Mauritius…

or the pigeons that filled the sky by the millions…

all lost…all gone…forever….

With a breath there is still life…

with a breath there is still hope…

With love mountains can be moved….

and some things important…

can be saved….

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David L. Whitman 04/10/2012 under a sky so blue….

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21 thoughts on “Revisiting the Tiny Spring….

  1. It is small and quaint. I would visit it often if it was near me. I live in NY, though you may call Queens the suberbs it’s still crowed with houses and busy streets. To find nature one must go to a park. Thank you for sharing.

  2. yeah such tiny treasures were only noticed by people who take time spending chitchats with nature..and you never failed the nature david..keep fighting for their sake pleasssse! brilliant!

    With a spear, I shall stab them,

    and with words, I shall pierce their armor…

    Nothing is gone until it is lost….

    And things lost may be found…

    or stay lost…

    …loved these lines 😉

  3. I have a poem called: lost in the found— have no idea where I put it. But I noticed the last couple poems you wrote (both nice by the way) had lost and found in them. Are you searching to find yourself, I wonder? Guess we all are. 🙂 Sam

    • You know….You’re very right….I have been doing that. I’m in a bit of a transitional period right now, but very grounded in other ways. You’ve given me food for thought:)

  4. It’s a small world, David! I was born in Florida (Amelia Island) and lived there until I was 19. My absolute favorite thing about the state was swimming in the springs. I saw the photo of you swimming in Alexander and it brought back fond memories. I also loved Silver Glen Springs. I love living on my farm here in TN, but the springs are the one thing I really, really miss about FL! And by the way, you’re adorable. 🙂

    • I’m so glad to see you here, Heather! I loveeeee Silver Glen Springs! It looks like a bomb blew this perfectly round, sandy crater. I tell people all the time that the springs are the most amazing places to swim and snorkel rather than the beaches. Oh well, it’s all beautiful. My favorite places in the world are the Florida springs and the southern Appalachians:)

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