Mike Barrett

Freshman - 811 Points (June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

A Brook - Poem by Mike Barrett

Hear water breaking in a brook
Over rocks that are timeless with age -
A sound near as old as the earth itself
With a meaning beyond any sage.

Hear water breaking in a brook
Over rocks that are gray with the years -
An elixir of youth to those ancient stones
Is this water of heaven shed tears.

See you there earth's brow,
Beneath the cool brook's soothing self?
Not one wrinkle on that brow
As years from us will win,
Not one wrinkle on that ancient brow,
As smooth as an infant's skin!

Hear water breaking in a brook,
Laughing on its way to the sea.
Hear water breaking in a brook,
Laughing at you and at me!

© M. Barrett – all rights reserved

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written when I was in grade 10. In our English class we were learning the basic tools of poetry writing - metaphors, similes, rhythm, rhyming, verse structure, onomatopoeia, et al. In this poem I consciously applied some of those tools.

Comments about A Brook by Mike Barrett

  • Bronze Star - 2,311 Points Loke Kok Yee (9/17/2015 8:34:00 AM)

    I was led to this lovely poem by your comments on Valsa's
    By the side of a brook I am well rewarded, Thank you (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 811 Points Mike Barrett (9/18/2015 10:06:00 AM)

    Hi Loke, it put a smile in my heart that you appreciated this poem....every time I read it, I find myself right in the very place which gave me the inspiration to write it. I took a few minutes yesterday to look at your poepoem.....great imagery! Cheers!

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  • Freshman - 811 Points Mike Barrett (3/16/2014 9:21:00 AM)

    Hi Kanav, thanks for your kind words - much appreciated. As a kid growing up in New Brunswick, we had a country place where a nearby brook flowed into the Hammond river. It was a very picturesque setting with falls, rapids, crystalline water - a great spot of natural beauty - hence this poem. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,068 Points Kanav Justa (3/14/2014 1:20:00 PM)

    this poem flows like a river too, , , loved this poem, , , (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 29,942 Points * Sunprincess * (3/8/2014 7:40:00 PM)

    .........nicely written and so pleasant to read....enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,624 Points Valsa George (12/19/2013 7:11:00 AM)

    When you were in 10 th grade, you wrote a poem on a brook. After many many years, at the age of 57, I wrote a poem on a brook. Both are similar in many ways! I invite you to read my poem By the Side of a Brook!

    Watching clear running waters and listening to the sound of a brook is a joy! Enjoyed your beautiful write! ! (Report) Reply

    Bronze Star - 2,311 Points Loke Kok Yee (9/17/2015 8:44:00 AM)

    And I wrote my By A Brook at 67! Can you believe that?
    I think the three of us should get together one day
    and have tea by a brook.

  • Rookie - 21 Points Suman Kumar Das (12/9/2013 8:23:00 AM)

    Lucid presentation......................beautifully worded, Sir! ............loved it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sankha Subhra Nayak (9/15/2013 2:28:00 PM)

    Really nice! ! !
    Simple language creat an imaginary world. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 15, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 23, 2013

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