Transformations - Poetry

Barb Bausch: ‘The Quiet Appears’

Posted:  Friday, September 26, 2014 - 8:30am

The tiny lonely boat sits resting in the harbor
as silent hours pass by on the shore.

A summer has taken leave and the waves have become quiet
as the buoys relax effortlessly in the glittering water,
seeming to add a bit of secrecy.

The pier sits waiting in peaceful stillness
with shadows approaching the shoreline.
Leaves have not yet turned and fallen into their glaring colors
with further beauty deepening as the quiet appears.

Barb Bausch Barb Bausch graduated from the University of Iowa, where she majored in elementary education and went on to receive her master’s degree at the University of Texas in Dallas. She spent more than 30 years working with elementary students and loved the challenge of connecting with sixth-graders, teaching them to appreciate good writing and to become lifelong readers. Now Barb and her husband, Leon, are retired and living in Maine. Barb spends her time fly fishing, sailing, painting and entertaining. She is currently writing a book on entertainment.

We tell stories.
We tell stories to make sense of our lives.
We tell stories to communicate our experience of being alive.
We tell stories in our own distinct voice. Our own unique rhythm and tonality.

Transformations is a weekly story-telling column. The stories are written by community members who are my students. Our stories are about family, love, loss and good times. We hope to make you laugh and cry. Maybe we will convince you to tell your stories.
— Kathrin Seitz, editor, and Cheryl Durbas, co-editor

"Everyone, when they get quiet, when they become desperately honest with themselves, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there." — Henry Miller

Kathrin Seitz teaches Method Writing in Rockport, New York City and Florida. She can be reached at Cheryl Durbas is a freelance personal assistant in the Midcoast area. She can be reached at