Fr La’s weekly ‘Pause and Ponder’ from along the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg. This week’s reflection – ‘A Wetland View’.
A Wetland View
Lough views from the Pilgrim Path
are mostly views of Lough Derg.
But around the headland
after the Saints Island shore
we catch a glimpse through the trees
of another lough: the Black Lough,
a wetland landscape with room aplenty
in times of abundant rain
for water to gather and spread and lie and wait
til it finds its way via Lough Derg
to the Foyle and to the Atlantic.
How different the scenes in Germany recently
where raging rivers could not cope with the rainfall
and water took so great a toll.
In my own life, too, I need this capacity:
space for the occasional surge of things
to gather and steady themselves
until they can find their level safely again.
Fr La Flynn
2 August 2021