Drink The Water – A Quadrille

Drink The Water

I heard the calling and came to you
Knowing it was where I was meant to be
Strange, unsettling, wanting to adapt
I listened to your words and I drank in
your water, deep into my being
until it stoned me to my soul

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De Jackson is hosting D'Verse Poets Monday Quadrille she and has prompted us with the word 'Stone'. I immediately thought of one of my favorite Van Morrison songs "And It Stoned Me" from his Moondance album.  It inspired my quadrille.

The song is about an experience Morrison had when he was 12 years old. After a day of fishing outside a village named Ballystockart in his native Ireland, Morrison and his friends stopped in one of the village's houses, where they saw an old man sitting inside. In Steven Turner's Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now, Morrison describes him as "dark weather-beaten."

Morrison and his friends asked the man for water, and he gave them some he'd gotten from a nearby stream. As Morrison drank the stream water he slipped into mystical experience. "Time stood still," he says in Too Late to Stop Now. "For five minutes everything was really quiet and I was in this other dimension. "That's what the song is about."

Courtesy of Songfacts

A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words, excluding the title

  28 comments for “Drink The Water – A Quadrille

  1. November 26, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Am sharing a poem I did write on a relationships – do read !

  2. November 26, 2021 at 11:19 am

    Strange, unsettling, wanting to adapt
    I listened to your words and I drank in….these words haunt as well as draw me in. Superb!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 27, 2021 at 8:21 am

      Thank you. I appreciate it very much ☺️

      • November 27, 2021 at 9:30 am

        You are welcome !

  3. October 5, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    A deeply spiritual experience is what I took from your poem. I wish I have this experience some day.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 5, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you Grace. That was where I was going with it. Yes, like you, I hope I can experience that one day, just like Van Morrison ☺️💕

  4. October 5, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    I had never heard that, but it is a mystical experience unless the old man put some acid into the water.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 5, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Yes! I wondered if his friends also had the same experience. He didn’t say.

  5. De Jackson
    October 5, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Love the song and the poem it inspired, especially the idea that water can stone you to the soul. So good.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 5, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks De 🤣💕

  6. October 5, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    That sounds like powerful water! Such an interesting story, Christine: I wonder what on earth the old man gave him?

    • Christine Bolton
      October 5, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      Lol! I think the fairies were behind it! You know what it’s like in Ireland they love all that mystical, magical stuff 🤣
      I’m sure Van did experience something although his friends were unaffected.

      • October 6, 2021 at 2:58 am

        Perhaps just his wild imagination then 😉

  7. October 5, 2021 at 11:11 am

    I like the tension you created in this poem Christine
    “Strange, unsettling, ” contrasts so well with the sedentary stone in water

    • Christine Bolton
      October 5, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Laura ☺️ I appreciate it so much

  8. October 5, 2021 at 6:22 am

    I saw VM in concert once in DC – he’s one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing that poem and tidbit, Christine!


    • Christine Bolton
      October 5, 2021 at 8:02 am

      Oh lucky you David. I have never seen him in concert. He has a reputation for not connecting with his audience. He comes out and performs and then ‘seeya’ 🤣. Would you agree?

      • October 5, 2021 at 8:03 am

        hmn… I never thought about it.

        I guess, yes, I don’t remember him being available after the concert itself.

      • Christine Bolton
        October 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm


  9. October 5, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Oh my! This is an amazing story and you wove it into a quadrille beautifully! 💞😊

    • Christine Bolton
      October 5, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you Punam dear ☺️💕

      • October 5, 2021 at 2:05 pm

        My pleasure. 😊💞

  10. October 5, 2021 at 1:21 am

    A marvelous use of the prompt word Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      October 5, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Sadje. This was an easy place to go knowing Van Morrison’s story 😦💕

      • October 5, 2021 at 9:26 pm

        You’re welcome

  11. October 4, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Oh wow, I’m getting the goosebumps after reading your afterword. Wonderful tribute poem to Van’s experience.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 4, 2021 at 11:51 pm

      Yes it was an amazing story for a 12 year old ☺️ Thanks Lisa💕

      • October 5, 2021 at 11:11 am

        You’re welcome 🙂

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