By still waters

Not a sound,
no wavelet flutter against restraining bank,
no random rustle of turning leaves.
The sounding silence of a pulsing heart
sole arbiter of life.
This is external peace
whilst raging torrents torment within.

Yet it is by still waters You lead me
to startle my eyes with evolving things
that are at peace.
Baring trees, bearing their last cloaks
before the challenge of winter winds,
demonstrate a colourful goodbye
pre-empting a prudent paring of dangerous sails.
But that is for tomorrow,
today the multicoloured smile of Autumn
rules the gallery.

So I will praise You
with the gleam in my eye,
when words dry upon trembling lips
falling prey to fear of change.
I will follow You
into the shadowed valley of unwritten paths
unmapped and hidden in the palm of Your hand.

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About Keith Wallis

Keith Wallis Keith Wallis is an English poet. He is a senior part of the leadership team of Houghton Regis Baptist church. An engineering designer by trade he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. He is currently ‘poet in residence’ at Ruby e-zine and a moderator at His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: where you’ll also find links to his books and his other blogs. Married to Val in 1970 he has two sons and three grandsons. The eldest grandson is disabled and cannot communicate verbally. Val is a literacy teacher and occasionally despairs of her husbands rebellious use of punctuation. Though not an ‘academic’ (school was a disaster) he was always fond of writing. He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s after being encouraged by David R Morgan at that time the local community writer in residence. A number of small press magazines and anthologies took the work (poetry and graphics). Four small booklets were published over the following few years, three published by Stride Publications and one by Sol Publications. Joining in 2005 (and subsequently becoming a moderator) re-energised his writing. Recently work has published by: RootsWorship, EveryDayPoets, PoetryMonthly International, Word Catalyst Magazine, The Cypress Times, Christian Poet's Pen, Perpetual Magazine, Bewildering Stories, FaithFilledFamily magazine and Ruby magazine. Recent books : 'in moments like these': 'a River of Small Stones': 'by still waters' : 'a River of Small Stones ii': *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

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