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The Spirit’s Stillness

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 19, 2014

The Spirit’s Stillness

Caroline Eyring Miner

God’s masterpiece, Iguassu Falls, demands
The spirit’s stillness, savoring silence, too.
The mighty water thunders and commands
And I stand mute. Eternity shines through,
As emerald-amber streaked, the living stream
Plunges in shattered glass and silver spray,
Rising in mist like bride’s illusive dream.
Glass beads spill on the mossy footstool where
Embroidered eyelet flounces endless weave
Hypnotic trances of this sunlit hair
So silvery bright that falling, falling leaves
This memory in tropic jungle green,
Where the majesty and power of God are seen.

(1962)



5 Comments »

  1. My namesake! Though to be honest, it looks better when spelled the Portuguese way, “Foz de Iguaçu”, or “as Cataratas de Iguaçu.” Something about the “ç” makes it seem just that much more exotic. :)

    “And I stand mute. Eternity shines through,”

    Having stood there, mute, I felt the same way.

    Comment by iguacufalls — June 19, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

  2. Camilla Eyring Kimball’s sister, I believe.

    Comment by Gary Bergera — June 19, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

  3. Let’s hear it for exotic diacritics, iguacufalls! When I saw this poem I knew I had to post it because of your handle.

    Thanks, Gary. I hadn’t yet looked for the connection. It’s always fun to have those pointed out.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 19, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

  4. I was priviledged to visit the Iguazu Falls in September 1980 near the end of my mission in Paraguay. It was so beautiful, magestic and powerful. My mission president sent two of us there the last week of our mission so we could specifically see this marvel, and besides we had to exit the country and re-enter to get our visas renewed so it accomplished two things.

    Thank you for posting this. I had never read this poem before.

    Comment by David Howard — June 19, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

  5. And if “eternity shining through” gets to be to much, every temporal vice in the world is available in nearby Ciudad del Este.

    Comment by The Other Clark — June 20, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

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