PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (NIAGARA FALLS)

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.

From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie mostly on the Canadian side and the American Falls entirely on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island. The international boundary line was originally drawn through Horseshoe Falls in 1819, but the boundary has long been in dispute due to natural erosion and construction.

I’m claiming “home field advantage” on this one! Your charge today on this visit is to write a poem of, about or inspired by Niagara Falls. You can include the “Cave of the Winds”, the “Maid of the Mist”, the spectacular lighting effects used to highlight the wonder of Niagara. Even the roar of the water is highly poetic. Choose your viewpoint and let your words cascade!

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32 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (NIAGARA FALLS)

  1. […] on the travelogue prompts, Niagara Falls from Phoenix Rising and Heeding Haiku gives us […]

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  2. Waterfall

    lips pour your name, mist thin
    and burning cold as pale-spun milk,
    and I have this yearning to drink
    in your thrill as you chase the edge
    to be free, to fall and fall forever
    into a veiled halo of all others.

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  3. William Preston

    IT’S BEST NOT TO DISDAIN A SHORT STREAM

    Sometimes,
    Old Man River
    can get mighty perturbed.
    and then he just keeps barrelling
    along.

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  4. July 10 – Niagara Falls

    The Mighty Falls

    I’ve seen the massive falls in action
    Heard the thunder of millions of gallons
    Of rushing water cascading down
    To the rocks and water below

    I’ve felt the mist of the fresh clean water
    Blown by the wind to the observation deck
    Cool, refreshing with a friendly chilly bite
    Just enough to haze my glasses

    I’ve seen the seemingly permanent rainbow
    From left to right through the misty cloud
    Looked down at the boat of tourists in raincoats
    Searching for the pot of gold at the bottom

    As I gazed on its splendor and power
    I could see God’s hand in its creation
    A sign of His Glory and a gift for us all
    The mighty falls roars on regardless

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  5. […] PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (NIAGARA FALLS) […]

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  6. Goat Island

    Just one persisted through ice
    that winter wouldn’t break her
    all seeing iris –
    golden eyes survived such cold
    the namesake of Goat Island.

    Copyright © Hannah Gosselin 2015

    John Stedman—an early pioneer and miller—kept a herd of goats on the island. Upon returning to the island after the terrible winter of 1780, Stedman found all but one of the goats had died, thus giving the island its name.

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  7. MADE OF THE MIST

    The air below churns and yearns
    to dance in the foamy wake.
    It takes a circuitous route
    as cascades crash, smashing
    against the rocks below. Thunderous
    wonder of the world. Your winds
    swirl as your micro-droplets
    collect. On a boat so close
    you can taste Niagara’s mist.
    This is the epitome of awe
    and wonder. Under the rainbow,
    a new world transcends
    below the mighty falls,
    down where the Niagara River ends.

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  8. […] For Phoenix Rising July P.A.D. Travelog – Destination: Poetry – Niagara Falls […]

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  9. A reprise from 2011…

    NIAGARA FALLS (A RETURN)

    Nature’s wonder
    under the thunder,
    over the span of generations
    the cascade continues.
    One of those venues that
    stirs the heart
    and moistens the eyes
    (and most of your clothes
    if the wind takes a turn)
    You yearn for the beauty
    to capture you, taking
    your pulse to feed its frenzy.
    Many come to be enchanted,
    enhanced by the sheer power
    they can stare for hours.
    Newlyweds and wannabes,
    seek to sneak a peek
    on their way to more
    intimate locales. Sex sells
    but in the shell of the gorge,
    the churning is matched
    only by the memory it leaves.
    Branded upon a romantic heart,
    the roar of Niagara remains.
    She never leaves you.
    You’d be a stooge to not
    take refuge in her thunder.
    Nature’s wonder, Niagara Falls.
    Slowly I turn…

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  10. connielpeters

    Ah Walt you thought of it too.

    Slowly I Turned

    S ilvery waters roar
    T umbling down in
    E normous amouts
    P ounding out its presence

    B old and energetic
    Y elling out loud, “I am here!”

    S lowly I
    T urned gazing at all
    E ncompassing beauty
    P erfected in Niagara Falls!

    Based on the title Slowly I Turned, an Abbot and Castello skit.

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  11. Another memory:

    NIAGARA RIVER

    The Niagara River run
    helps provide some fun,
    betwixt New York and Ontario,
    it is truly number one.
    It’s Lake Erie that begets you,
    Lake Ontario is what gets you.
    Your ebb and flow is the way to go,
    if the damn ice dam will let you.
    Your rapid current runs quite fast,
    around Grand Island you go past,
    over the gorge to down below,
    your mighty fall is a real blast.
    Niagara Falls, she is a mover,
    her mist sprays far, you’ll need rain cover,
    lovers scurry for her show,
    until the honeymoon is over!

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  12. Maid of the Mist

    Through the mist they rode
    faces sprayed
    as they laughed.
    Entered Horseshoe Falls,
    wide eyes, mouths agape
    at a shape that formed.
    A maiden rose from cascades–
    brief moment,
    not witnessed
    by anyone else.

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