Calm: Thursday’s Special


© irene waters 2016

In 1697 a line from William Congreve’s play The Mourning Bride said ‘music has charms to sooth a savage beast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted Oak’. In other words it calms and it certainly works for me particularly on a grand piano with a maestro at the helm.


© irene waters 2016

Equally as calming (despite this photo’s disquietening effect) are fish swimming in a fish tank. I could sit and watch these two, mesmerised for hours on end. The only time the calm breaks is supper time when, in a feeding frenzy they create some waves, only to again return to calm.


© irene waters 2016

Where I live is also calming particular on a still day when barely a ripple is to be seen and the boats bob idly in the river.

In response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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5 Responses to Calm: Thursday’s Special

  1. Calm – much needed around here. Your photos are quite beautiful. And you’ve trained your fish well.

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  2. Paula says:

    Yes, it looks perfectly quiet where you are 🙂 I’ve felt music and its calming effect, and I agree about the fish in the tank. People have reported their hypnotising effect. This is a very cool response, Irene. Peace and calm to you!

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