Cathedral Rock, Sedona, AZ


A giddy drunken laugh
of pure melodic thought,
the musk of a scent aloft in the dusk,
an impression, a vagary,
an echo of an image, a reverie,
the memory of a sweet soft sigh.
We are this silence,
this dreaming, this evening
we are this silence,
just now.

This poem is dedicated to my wonderful wife, Lyn, and to the incredible time we had in Sedona, Arizona for the last week. For my foreign readers, who may not know about this fabulous treasure, Sedona is an artist’s community/vacation area in the heart of the American Southwest dessert. It is a few hours drive south of the Grand Canyon and a few hours drive north of Phoenix, Arizona.

While we were in Sedona, we ate well, slept well, did some running, some hiking and some mountain biking, and all-in-all relaxed and had a wonderful, calm and romantic week. If only it need never have ended…

Thank you for reading Floating. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed it and I humbly appreciate your visiting the Book of Pain. As always, I look forward to your comments.


© 2013 by John Etheridge; all rights reserved. This poem and accompanying notes are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. This applies to all original work found on this site, unless noted otherwise. The attribution claimed under the license is: © 2013 by John Etheridge, https://bookofpain.wordpress.com.


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5 responses to “Floating

  1. Barbara Minor

    this picture visually fits with the words and brings me to a place of a “floating” meditation…thanx for your effort and sending me this lovely poem.

    • Barbara, you are very welcome! I am so glad that you liked the poem and even validated my re-naming of it. It was, until just before I posted it, called “this silence” and somehow that title just wasn’t quite working for me. When I changed it to “floating” I instantly felt that that was a better name.

  2. I got a real sense of you in this relaxed place – it was my tonic this morning. Thank you John x

  3. Amazing…. your beautiful words really fit the image.