The voice of a stream

by | Feb 8, 2014 | Uncategorized | 14 comments

 All streams have a voice. The small river of my childhood rattled and gurgled over stones as it tumbled its way down from the mountain. The brook of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin babbles and rolls along with a consistency that keeps the mill wheels turning.

 Out on the west coast last weekend, I took a favourite evening walk alongside a stream that has a different voice.

 For, you see, this stream has no stones. Not even pebbles. It glides over the satiny sandy stream bed. And its voice is quiet.

 Not even a murmur. More of a gentle slide, a ripple and sometimes a sigh. Then silence. Only the flitting wax eyes and the roosting tuis punctuate the silence with their song.

Walking or sitting by this sandy stream in the evening soothes away all my rough edges. The city becomes a distant dream. I am washed clear. The voice of the stream says, let go, enter my rhythm. It’s the rhythm of being. Just be. The rhythm of release.


  1. Friko

    There is something infinitely soothing about running water. Sit by it and let it lull you into a dreamlike state.

    I’d love to sit by your stream, in the sunshine, breathing in the scents of fresh green growth.


  2. Juliet Batten

    Friko, you are so right about running water being soothing. I hope my stream has given you some refreshment. Thank you.

  3. Penny O'Neill

    “the rhythm of being.” – what a wonderful sound that must be, Juliet, and how serene and peaceful I feel just reading this and seeing your photos. Lovely.

  4. Juliet Batten

    * Penny, it was very peaceful there. I’m glad you can have a taste of it too. Thank you.

  5. silkannthreades

    Juliet, I do so agree that each river has a voice. How gently and softly your river sings.

  6. Juliet Batten

    * Gallivanta, thank you. It is very gentle and soft, and very soothing.

  7. Hotly Spiced

    I love your images. That place looks very special. The contrast of the green and the blue is lovely. What a peaceful and therapeutic part of the world. So serene xx

  8. Juliet Batten

    Charlie, the greens and blues and very peaceful, and you are right, it’s therapeutic to be there. Thank you.

  9. Juliet Batten

    Linda, you are right, and especially for you where water is so important. Thank you.

  10. Vicki Lane

    Lovely words and pictures! This reminds me of our coastal streams — here in the mountains, all streams are rocky and noisy.

  11. Juliet Batten

    * Vicki, I love mountain streams too, with all their noise. Thank you.

  12. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet – those tiny streams always draw us in don’t they .. we had ones as kids near the house – we’d walk out to ..

    Gorgeous peace … cheers Hilary

  13. Juliet Batten

    Hilary, how lucky you were to grow up near a stream. Thank you.


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