Nature’s Canvas (Bayard Cutting Arboretum)

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Stone Soup Magazine
May/June 2016

By Rainer Pasca

Peaceful river waves
whisper nature all around
me. My pen reaches into
calm breeze. Sunshine on

water makes the blue
look like someone broke
pieces of gold and threw
them in. Every wave pops

up, meets soft green leaves.
My feet drag against rocks.
I am just trying to make my way
through nature’s galaxy.

A boat in the distance starts
moving toward us. Then—a dead
stop. When it moves again, it is
a seagull flying. The boat

passes rows of homes, its motor
interrupting the blue water’s turn
to speak. Very rude of you,
speedboat. A man on the other

bench meditates. He should be
able to enjoy silence. Yeah,
speedboat, he should. I move
away from shade and my brother

shows me a great egret catching
a fish. Two egrets and a swan
converse. We watch a slow
tortoise rise from the water and

kayak toward us and the poor
gargantuan tree tortured with
graffiti. But the tree offers
shade and shade and walking

are the prerequisites of parks,
as is trying to remember
your brain’s best
poetic errands. Like I

just did. It’s not
hard if you jump in
the waves and swim
in the land of thoughts.

Nature’s Canvas Rainer Pasca

Rainer Pasca, 9
Bay Shore, New York

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  1. Terri May 1, 2016 at 3:24 am Reply

    That’s my boy! Proud mom here. Thank you to Stone Soup for providing a space for children poets/artists/writers!

    • Rainer Pasca May 1, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply

      Thanks Mom

  2. Lawrence Rush May 1, 2016 at 3:33 am Reply

    Wonderful! Love this!!

  3. Russ Green May 1, 2016 at 3:46 am Reply

    Robert Frost would be proud! A killer piece! Bravo!

  4. Charles Fishman May 1, 2016 at 4:12 am Reply

    Hi, Rainer. I enjoyed reading your poem. It’s possible I wrote a poem for my oldest grandchild while sitting on the same bench almost 17 years ago.

  5. Amy Manzo May 1, 2016 at 4:57 am Reply

    Great job, Rainer! I am so proud of you. Keep up the amazing writing.

  6. Aaron D. Johnson May 1, 2016 at 5:16 am Reply

    This young man is going places!!

  7. Karen Levine May 1, 2016 at 11:01 am Reply

    The words and images transformed me. I was there! A beautiful and powerful combination of words. I kept going back to read it over and over. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

  8. Karen May 1, 2016 at 11:25 am Reply

    Congratulations Rainer!! Your words brought me into the Aboretum. Love the last paragraph, “it’s not hard if you jump into the waves and swim in the land of thoughts”. Now these words give me inspiration to get writing!! Peace, karen Britton

  9. Harriet Pasca-Ortgies May 1, 2016 at 11:40 am Reply

    Dear Rainer,
    I love this poem because I am immediately transported into the scene with you. Your images and details let me enter your world and see things as you do. The poem’s ending is a refreshing way to think about the poetic process!!

    Wonderful work!!

  10. Stephanie DeJoseph May 1, 2016 at 12:37 pm Reply

    Wonderful , I felt like I was there with you enjoying the beauty

  11. Nina May 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Dear Rainer,

    Loved your use of internal rhyme in this beautiful tribute to nature. Which poetic errand will your brain discover next?


  12. Nicole Galante May 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm Reply

    What a beautiful, insightful poem from a boy who is clearly in touch with his gift. Lovely reading!

  13. MAGGIE BLOOMFIELD May 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Rainer, you are AMAZING!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

  14. Faith Lieberman May 1, 2016 at 2:13 pm Reply

    Wonderful sensory work.

  15. Viki Zimolka May 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm Reply

    Absolutely amazing!

  16. Rachel Kaufman May 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm Reply

    This is wonderful, Rainer! You are so talented, and am very proud of you! Many congrats, and I hope that you and I can collaborate again sometime ❤️

  17. Jesse Pasca May 1, 2016 at 5:19 pm Reply

    Really great Rainer. I love this. This twists like one does in nature. To sights and sounds that abound. I felt immersed!


  18. Fisher May 1, 2016 at 8:08 pm Reply

    I LOVED IT! Especially telling that speedboat to buzz off!

  19. Maria Aponte May 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm Reply

    Rainer, this is so beautiful I love your poetic voice and how you honor nature & Mother Earth. Robert Frost would be proud!.

  20. Julianne Davis May 2, 2016 at 2:43 am Reply

    Wonderful, Rainer! Thank you for taking be back to the arboretum, and painting the picture so exquisitely. What a gift this is!

  21. Regina Vorwald May 2, 2016 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Great job Rainier! Love your vivid writing!

  22. Regina Vorwald May 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Great job Rainer! Love your vivid writing!

  23. Ron g May 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm Reply

    Such wonderful writing! Thank you so much for sharing. I love how it all ties up in the end. Great concluding sentences. Just jumping in and swim!

  24. Barbara Beatus May 7, 2016 at 2:12 am Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! So impressed! Congratulations!

  25. Orkideh May 9, 2016 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Dear Rainer, you may or may not remember me. I am Safa’s mom.
    Just wanted to tell you that I am sitting on a long subway ride going home after a long day. Reading your poem just took me to breezes and sound of the river waves. Took me to a meditation state and I totally forgot part of my long ride. Amazing poem. Keep writing sweetheart. I will share this with Safa.

  26. Rainer Pasca June 6, 2016 at 4:39 am Reply

    Thanks everyone!!!!

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