The ten thousand things
All springing forth and going
To shallow silent pools

Thoughts come into the mind
Clouds float across the sky
An orange blur leaps onto a table

Sitting in a dark pond
Shadows play across the deep
Angelus bells toll me from my sleep

Curious crash! Brash! And salty spray!
Poseidon lumbers and would bellow a Bray–
But for Sophia: mother in kind mind’s eye.

Catherine Bartholet is an Episcopalian layperson living and teaching math in the MD area. When not reading she can usually be found reading. Her interests include God and His creation, and her musings can be found at