River

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It tempts me;
its silvered surface shimmering,
singing swishing songs of thrilling terrain
way beyond regal, towering trees
which cool its clean, unfeeling floor,
beyond eroding ochre banks
where brave blades of grass battle the flow.

“Follow,” it trills,
“follow, beyond your mediocre days,
beyond worn lanes and dark pathways;
beyond the things you know;
follow where I go.
Follow.”

 It tempts me,
as, endless, it flows,
impatient to take the next bend, frothing
at inanimate objects that would slow it,

secretly stealing shreds
of shrinking stones and rotting logs,
to stash wherever they may land.

“Follow,” it trills.
Beneath the lilting descant shrill
I note a deeper, throaty tone,
as if it’s sung for me alone;
this lulling intimate refrain,
“Follow where I go.
Follow”

No single body this,
but a mighty band of haphazard travellors;
an offhand crew of discrete molecules,
too miniscule for our dim eyes to see singly,
as they weave, sharing the road awhile,
then parting company,
perhaps to meet another time;
in the sky, in water pipes,
or in some distant clime;
the whole planet their home,
racing forever on,
adventurous travellors
with ne’er a planned destination.

“Follow,” it trills,
“follow, beyond your mediocre days,
beyond worn lanes and dark pathways;
beyond the things you know;
follow where I go.
Follow.”

Ever tempted to give chase,
  each time I stay where I feel safe.

~o~

©Jane Paterson Basil

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22 thoughts on “River

  1. Oh Lordy can I identify with that. I’m right there with you. So much so that one of the songs I have set to be played at my “farewell” is Moon River! 😀 Shall we go together? 😉

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  2. I think the fascination with rivers has been embedded in human nature since the beginning of, well for ever. All rivers are a like a precarious silver threads that sustains life. I enjoyed reading your lovely inspirational piece.

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