I like watching Judy Bruder be.  She is one of those people who seems to be comfortable in her own skin – what Hawaiians call being “pa’a”, grounded.  It does look lovely on her.

Judy loves art.  She has a “good eye” for it and a warm tendency to nurture, celebrate and take delight in the people who make good art.  These tendencies of hers have stood her in good stead as she continues to develop and build her shop, DUCK SOUP MAUI INTERIORSShe’s been doing that now for more than 20 years.

[If you click on the shop name, you’ll get whisked to her shop’s Facebook page.  Enjoy!]

This is a poem Judy wrote a number of years ago.  She shared it on her FB personal profile stream when a multitude of friends and admirers love-bombed her with messages on her birthday recently.


What a sweet drink of water a day can be

Long gulp of pureness

Light shining

It is all happening right now

From around this blue spinning planet out here

And we watch

Stars and moon

Here is the sun and spring and winter

Here is your life

Bright shards like the thing that shatters light on a merry go round

Here come these love letters…into my envelope taped ever hopefully

To the corner of my desk…

And it became endless filled yesterday on the anniversary of my 61st spin around

Here is randy from highschool and tom…here is my sister naming my mom and my dad and my sister kit… nieces…cousins a brother…here are the soul sisters of the planet…some reside in the big sky country…some travel

Lights all over the place

Sending information

Here are people of my soul

People I admire greatly…

You readers and writers…

Hawkers and saints…Floral wizard

Artists you know

Sellers of dreams

To you all love and love and thank you

To be so remembered

Decorated with love like a Christmas tree

By Judy Bruder

HEADER PHOTO CREDIT:  “See the Light” by Mike W via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]


Please note:  If you would like to contribute a poem to this blog, please let me know by leaving a comment below.  I’d be happy to hear from you.

I do ask three things of my guest poets:

  • a poem of your own making that has great meaning and mana for you,
  • the back-story for the poem — what inspired you or how you made it or whatever you want to tell about it, and
  • an image that I can use as the featured photo in the header. (The last is optional. I do ask that the image you share is one you own — either an image of yourself or something that relates to the poem.  If you choose not to send an image, then I’ll go find something that works.)

If you click on this thing –> “Guest Poet Portal” you can submit a poem right now.


Thanks for your visit.  I’d appreciate it if you would drop a note or comment below and tell me your thoughts.


4 thoughts on “SWEET DRINK OF WATER

  1. What a beautiful poem.  Judy seems to be one with her soul.  Definitely grounded and spiritually aware.  Her choice of words are artfully chosen to paint an ethereal picture that somehow makes sense and gives a peek into her heart. It  brings a wistful smile to my face as I read her poem.

    1. Thanks for your visit and for sharing your reaction, Michelle.  I do appreciate it…and, probably, so will Judy!

      Please do come again.

  2. I am a big fan of poetry and have been ever since I started school. This poem is amazing and very original. Your choice of words seemed to be coming straight from your heart. 

    The title, of course brings engagement and enjoyment from the readers’ perspective. Being a poet, I think, is a very unique talent and a very special gift, given to a few selected people.

    1. Vai, thanks for your visit and for sharing your thoughts.  I have to disagree with you, though.  I think everybody is a poet. 

      Some people express their poetry through their bodies, getting really, really good at movement or self-expression that way.  Others use their hands to make beautiful things that enhance the world or fixing things so that they work better.  Everybody uses their minds to make marvelous thought-constructs and dreams come real.

      Some people are really, really masterful; other people not so much. 

      My friend Judy will be pleased you liked her poem.

      Please do come again.

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