Diligent River

The poem “Diligent River” was written in the fall of 2014 for an assignment in an online writing course. Students were asked to write a descriptive poem incorporating as many of the five senses as possible. I spent several days observing the Diligent River from the Ward’s Falls hiking trail recording in my notebook what I saw, heard, felt and tasted. The area is an ancient one geologically and as I watched and listened to the rain-swollen river, I suddenly realized that, in its own way, it is eternal and that everything is part of its endless cycle. My poem was also inspired by “Water”  in which Gwendolyn MacEwen writes that water “always knows its way back home.”

Diligent River

First rain, then river.

I am the river
I am the rain’s
quick body
I am its songs.

I dash smiling over red ochre stones
In a chorus of swoosh and slap.
I am the river after rain
Wrinkling myself over myself in ecstacies of foam
Peaks and valleys tumbling toward the sea
In riots of bubbles.

I am the river
I taste yellow and brown
Silver-cold in your palm
I magnify heart line and life line
I am eternal; you are here now.
I am the river, I find my way home.

I am the river, the shove and the tug
Branches, tree trunks and leaves
And you with your notebook, water and bone
Will ride with me soon to the sea
We’ll sail back on grey-black freighters
Rain and then river, again.

I am the river
I am the rain’s sleek body
I am its songs
I am your journey of water and bone.

4 Responses to Diligent River

  1. harvey says:

    Poetry evenings are usually Tuesdays 7:30 PM at 168 main street, Parrsboro more info from fun@hmsnonesuch.com

  2. Chad Norman says:

    Who is the author?

  3. brucewark says:

    I’m the author, Bruce Wark. Thanks for asking.

  4. Terry Pulliam says:

    Good one, Bruce.

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