Barefoot Poetry

SS Matthews

Xel Sha



Image- Triberg Waterfalls

Xel Sha

Clear water flows,
Trickles down this path
Carved in patience by time.
To a table of buoyant balance,
Boasting microbes and minerals of life
Bursting as clouds of color before sunset.

As Xel Sha I flow,
Clear water, depth unknown.
Wellspring arising from mountains’
Mighty roots- gathered in vapors and veils.
The mists of morning’s mood, summoned to heights,
Fall again in raindrops, or flakes of forgiveness ending
The drought of tomorrow’s thirst.

Xel Sha (Mayan for Clear Water)
Poetry by SS Matthews


Author: SSMatthews

Author of The Moon and Rowan Wolfe and Wolfe's Banes.

15 thoughts on “Xel Sha

  1. You have written so very wisely about the importance of CLEAR water. So necessary for us all.

  2. nice not only water but our learning to flow like it as well…zen for sure…and a much easier life….thanks for the translation too did not see it at first and googled…

  3. I follow as you flow with river thru the water cycle, and then learn that ” flakes of forgiveness ending
    The drought of tomorrow’s thirst.” Great poem! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love places that have been “carved in patience by time”……I especially love your second stanza.

  5. love the places it takes here fathoming places to be in life too ..flowing with the ebb and tide!

  6. Gorgeous, so spiritual … a cleansing of the soul flowing freely like clear water. Loved this, thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts 🙂

  7. I like the clever visual, each verse suggesting the falling water.

  8. This is gorgeous Scott, the wisdom and compassion is very touching =)

    The new prompt is up =)

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