Gift of Grace


The season has come for the garden to lie fallow. Rambunctious swallows, long obsolete, left only crumbs in the feeders. Trees, having lost their leaves, are nothing more than hat-racks. But it is Bell Pond they’ve watched, and waited upon, as it has completed its annual transformation into an icy ballroom. They come from far and near – some by foot, others by automobile – to admire her beauty and grace. Who she is, no one knows. That she will come, they are certain. And she will leave them with a piece of herself as she glides once again into their hearts.

P. Wanken

Written for The Sunday Whirl’s prompt to use the words: pond, swallows, rambunctious, fallow, automobile, crumb, ballroom, admire, bell, hat-rack, obsolete, and garden. It’s also a first attempt at “prose poetry” — so please feel free to give feedback on form, as well. 🙂


  1. This is beautiful, Paula. I love trees like hat-racks and the transformation of the pond into an icy ballroom.


  2. Ice skating in San Antonio? I want to see this Bell Pond.

    All joking aside, a beautiful piece, Paula, with a mystery skater to hold our interest. And, you got all twelve words in there.


    1. uh, yeah….Bell Pond does not exist in San Antonio! LOL — it would have to be synchronized swimming, or something! 🙂

      Thanks for your comments, Mike. Wasn’t so sure I’d get all 12 words into the piece…into ANY piece…but as usual, the words painted a picture and I just had to arrange the words to describe it.


    1. Thanks, Brenda. I have to admit…upon first reading of the words I didn’t think I’d write a wordle poem this week! Usually a picture forms in my head almost instantly. It wasn’t until the 3rd or 4th time back to the words that the image filled my mind. Then it was just getting the words in the right order…



  3. Paula, it’s a lovely prose poem. I love the image of the trees as hat-racks, and the idea of the swallows being obsolete in the change of the seasons.



    1. Thank you…seems my choice of tree as hat-rack wasn’t so uncommon, but I’m glad it works. I nearly skipped writing this one…but glad I didn’t! ~Paula


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