By Dina Tamburrino

On a disk

I’ll hold water

Iron and steel 

With Nature’s glory at my heel

For those in woe and weal.

Light will pour 

From my extended hands

To lave the Darkness.

Ever in me is respite

From Misery’s starkness.

To me birds fly

And children flock.

Their innocent cares Misery mock.

My presence can be seen in the starlit sky,

A monument of strength for the weary eye.

I am One with Three;

Clouds and mist adorn me.

When Life for you is a crushing boulder and mountain,

Come to me and rest at my fountain.

Southwest resident Dina Tamburrino’s poem was inspired by the Bartholdi Fountain (Fountain of Light and Water) across from the U.S. Botanic Garden at 100 Maryland Avenue SW. The fountain’s creator, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) is best known for creating the Statue of Liberty.

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