Sonnet on the Sava Bohinjka

Your crystal waters plummet from their source
at Slap Savica: powerful, rainbow-painting
here at the origin, you find your voice
and down into the valley, let it sing

silently, reflectively at first
in limpid pools and under boulders, whisper
secrets to serenely sleeping Earth
and those who would disturb her quiet slumber

not out of ignorance, to aggravate
but hoping to hear secrets for themselves
they stop a while, and watch, and patient wait
while gentle winds set down the dying leaves

thus in this season of encroaching death
we seek the light reflected in your mirror
secrets of youth: the spark, the dance, a breath;
the sacred wisdom of the silent river.

Posting for Earthweal’s Open Link Weekend #45. Apologies for not bringing you any Slovene Cuisine this weekend. These posts require a little research and translation work, what with homeschool and my son’s birthday I just haven’t had the time to do this week. I will try to bring you something delicious next weekend! And do look out for more from the Sava Bohinjka next week, as she may well make another guest appearance…

22 thoughts on “Sonnet on the Sava Bohinjka

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  1. Thank you for introducing me to the Slovenian landscape, Ingrid. I adore sonnets, the poetry form I always turn back to in its many forms. The opening is like a baptism, with the plummeting of the crystal water! And it echoes. I love the shift from loud in the first stanza to quiet in the second, especially the sibilance in ‘whisper secrets to serenely sleeping Earth’, and the stunning ending.

  2. Such beauty in you words and picture.
    i love this. ” not out of ignorance, to aggravate
    but hoping to hear secrets for themselves
    they stop a while”
    Water is such a healing reflective gift showing all aspects of our lives as we find them if we look! Hope the birthday party was a hit.., I know the video games were. lol 🤣
    ❤️ Cindy

  3. Awe-inspiring photo. What a gorgeous place! A lovely classic sonnet!

    Water is so inspiring! Reflections of light and images and the music of the river open our hearts and minds.

    Thank you, Ingrid, for sharing this beautiful post. <3 Have a great week!

  4. This is a beautiful poem. And also, it is wonderful to hear from your part of the world, and to admire its beauty. I always admire how distinctive each land’s beauty is – but also, how many commonalities………there is such beauty everywhere. This was a treat to read.

    1. You’re right, there is beauty everywhere: we just don’t always know how to see it. Here it is very easy, of course, so I’m lucky. I’m pleased you enjoyed the poem!

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. It truly is beautiful and the people have a great respect for the natural environment. I only wish that other countries (including my own) could learn this.

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