The Blue Hole

For Margaret’s Artistic Prompt over at Real Toads. I used to live across the river in Philadelphia, across from the Pine Barrens or the Pinelands or the Pines as this area is known. This is one of several poems written in this mysterious and beautiful setting. There is a Blue Hole hidden in the Barrens – its depths have not yet been fathomed and it is freezing cold all year long. Some call it the Devil’s Puddle, others the Blue Hole, some call it simply The Hole. The Jersey Devil is said to haunt the Barrens and to hunt around the lake. People live in the Barrens, called Pineys.  The creeks that flow through the Barrens are stained rusty brown with the tannin from all the pine tree roots. It is one of the most beautiful and silent places I have ever encountered.

The Blue Hole
The Jersey devil swims here –
In the silence and loneliness of the Pine Barrens.
He drinks from its ever freezing waters
and hunts in the pine trees
that rim the Blue Hole.
He sighs with the trees –
A soft lonely sound.
People approach and he slides
into the surrounding trees
leaving only a branch moving as if with the wind.
The Devil’s Puddle,
The Blue Hole.
The Jersey Devil calls it home –
the only home he has ever known.

Blue Lagoon by O. Bentor (NFS)

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. erbiage
    Dec 27, 2018 @ 17:07:53

    Oh cool! I’ve heard about this but haven’t been able to find it!

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 27, 2018 @ 17:09:59

      Lol. Just follow the signs. I actually paid one of the Piney’s to take me there. I remembered all the “signs” he pointed out on the way and so I have been able to get there again. I love canoing down the creeks over the rusty water. It is like floating on crystal clear wine.

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  2. sanaarizvi
    Dec 27, 2018 @ 17:42:50

    The poem in accompaniment with the artwork is lusciously woven, Toni ❤ I am in absolute awe!

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 27, 2018 @ 18:36:41

      Thank you Sanaa. It reminded me of the blue hole with the forest surrounding it. It really is a Caribbean blue, in all weathers.

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  3. jasmine
    Dec 27, 2018 @ 19:12:41

    This is so cool. I will enjoy it multiple times, I’m sure.

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  4. oldegg
    Dec 27, 2018 @ 20:28:15

    Poems with a sense of mystery are always so beautiful. What a great write this is.

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  5. kim881
    Dec 28, 2018 @ 02:55:19

    I’m amazed at what you saw in this image, Toni, and that it’s a real place! I must find out more about the Jersey devil and the Blue Hole.

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 28, 2018 @ 03:03:44

      The Pine Bartend in New Jersey is incredible. This is where the Blue Hole and the Jersey Devil are. The Bartend I think covers the area of seven counties.

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  6. annell4
    Dec 28, 2018 @ 10:08:06

    Some places like your Blue Hole, are held secret…for too many people ruin the spirituality of the place. I’m glad you shared this ideal place with us. I do not think I will ever see it, except through your eyes.

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 28, 2018 @ 10:52:10

      Thank you Annell. It is one of those places that could be easily ruined. Thank goodness the remoteness of it and the fear of such entities as the Jersey Devil and the people who live there keep it secret. The Pine I paid to take me there swore me to secrecy although I suspect he had been paid by others. The Pine Barrens themselves hold many secrets. Thank you also for your many mind comments throughout this year. You have encouraged me and I am truly grateful to you. Best wishes for a New Year full of joy and artistic productivity to you. Hugs.

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  7. Jim
    Dec 28, 2018 @ 10:14:46

    Toni. I was most intrigued by this nice account.
    In my thought process I tried to relate it to a human experience. Thus, Jersey and Guernsey are both cattle breeds. My ex blogging and Facebook friend, once a BBC science reporter, moved to the English Channel island of Guernsey, As far as I can tell she has left both social media and the reporting world.
    Into a Blue Hole on Guernsey Island?
    ..

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 28, 2018 @ 13:29:11

      Thank you for commenting Jim but I am not quite understanding how a Blue Hole in the Pine Barrens in the state of New Jersey relates? Maybe just read things as they are and not relate them to your own…experience?

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  8. Charmed Chaos
    Dec 28, 2018 @ 12:09:29

    Wow Toni- what an incredible interpretation and a marvelous story!

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  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Dec 28, 2018 @ 14:39:55

    I really love how you shared the place through its myths and stories… it makes it come alive. I know my wife walked in Pine Barrens when she lived in New Jersey, but she never saw the blue hole.

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 28, 2018 @ 14:46:00

      It is well hidden and the Barrens are huge. I used to canoe there a lot when I lived in Philadelphia. It is quite a place!

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  10. coalblack
    Dec 28, 2018 @ 17:36:46

    When I was just a rugrat, I used to scour the bookshelves at home for these “Strange But True!” type paperbacks that had lots of different things in them, and i devoured them. I still don;t know if they belonged to my father or one of my brothers, but I loved them. In one of them, I first read about the Jersey Devil. Such stuff has fascinated me since forever. They say a woman with way too many mouths to feed already said–while pregnant–“devil take the next one!” and as the story goes, the devil did.

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  11. purplepeninportland
    Dec 28, 2018 @ 20:41:55

    Haunting poem, Toni! I know of the Pine Barrens but not of the legends.

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  12. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Dec 30, 2018 @ 01:02:49

    Oh, I will have to visit this place when I am in the area! Thanks.

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 30, 2018 @ 13:56:04

      It is beautiful and silent. Haunted even. I so loved canoe ing there, just basically floating on tea colored crystal clear water. Lol. I once took a hyper active friend with me. After 30 minutes, I mainly spent my time telling her to shut up and just float and listen. No more jaunts with her.

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