The river and I go side by side
It runs, though I, content to walk
Am in no rush, though tossed about
And ever turbulent, no doubt
But less intentional in stride
The river and I, we both do long
To find the sea–the open deep
I feel my path will longer be
For I am less at liberty
To chase the places I belong
The river and I have much to share
The downward path we both pursue
I feel I fall but never rise
And dashed upon these rapids white
The fate I find is rarely fair
The river has more voice than I
It has no fear to speak its mind
It gladly tears the earth apart
While on its path with steady heart
It makes no stops and forms no ties
The river has more force than I
To cut away at standing stone
Its lonely goal by soul inspired
It runs always and never tires
With naught a thought to quit or die
The river knows not how it moves
Nor does it out of malice roll
It merely seeks its distant love
Relentlessly at every ebb
And presses in, around, and through
The river and I, we both know well
The destination of our call
We know which way we need to go
Though how to turn we may not know
And what may come we cannot tell
The river and I, though without words
Walk side by side along the bank
I long to run as does this friend
But how I fall and how I bend
Has broken me in shattered thirds
The river and I have parted ways
It perseveres while I digress
Returning to my former lot
A life, a day, a time forgot
With sentences I long to say
The river and I will both go far
Adapting to our circumstance
Perhaps, since I am not allowed
The river will reach you somehow
In freedom on some distant shore
I like this one, it’s very flowing, with a touch of sadness, I can feel it. Good work as always, VW 🙂
Thank you Autumn 🙂
VW – You know where to find you, simply look … and I’m here if you’d like me to remind you.
Where am I? I seem to always be looking 🙂
Simply enthralling – the parallel voice and intention of you and the river!! I totally love this, VW, and think it’s one of your best (or at least one of my favorites!) This poem belongs in an anthology of great classic poems!
You always make me feel so important 🙂 You have a gift of encouraging comments!
I love this one VW the rhythm and flow are just perfect xxxxx
Thank you, Willow!
the river is constant fluid emotion
and you my friend are too….
your voice whispers and those who feel
hear the silent tears you keep deep
you have such strength flowing through these words
I wonder if you realize it…
time doesn’t heal, rivers of emotions flowing
into the ocean touching distant shores heal…
this one sends echoes reviberating off
the waves…makes one shiver with all the
emotion youhave embedded in it….
A lovely thought, LadyBlueRose. Thank you for taking time to share with me
A lovely poem, beautiful words indeed.
Thank you very much. I am glad you took the time to stop and share your thoughts 🙂
So so beautiful; leaves me with goosebumps. I feel the strong flow of the river and the ambivalence of you and a lot of other things too! Sort of unrelated, but have you ever heard the song “Moon River”?
Thank you very much. And yes, I love that song. I was partial to hearing Frank Sinatra sing it, then I heard The Innocence Mission do a version and I fell in love with that one. A lovely song!
I’m with Betty on this one, VW; it is certainly one of my favourites. It is so very beautiful. You have portrayed the ‘journey of life and the river’ parallel in a very unique and personal way, but at the same time I feel this poem will find resonance in the soul with all who read it. What a superb write!
Thank you so much Angela 🙂
Wow! I keep reading this one over and over because it is just that GOOD! You have a knack for taking a simple thought and crafting words and emotions to create a masterpiece. Always some insight to be gained from your work VW. You are sheer talent! I agree with Angela and Betty… and I’d buy your book 🙂
I can promise no books, but I certainly am flattered by the optimistic assessment of my work. You are took kind! 🙂
I had never thought about a river in these ways before, I really enjoyed this wonderful poem.
Happy Easter VW
Thank you Nikki! I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!
A river winds it’s way on a never ending cycle
eventually reaching the open sea and an adventure
begins on a wave of wonder, I hope that your wave
is just as exciting Vampire Weather and the flowing
of the thoughts don’t just ebb, indeed they flow from
your mind, adding quality and energy to your work 🙂
Well done my great
friend I like this offering 🙂
Good thoughts, my friend! I am grateful for your encouragement. I hope to get back out to everyone’s work soon and make some comments. Have a great week!
I have not seen you posting or commenting around our WP and am just calling by to see if you are okay my wickedly fine friend? Perhaps you are taking a vacation or just some time out for other activities but do call by whenever you return so that I know that you are alright 🙂 Be very well Vampire Weather 🙂
I have abandoned this place, but thank you for sentiments, my friend
Lovely, rivers have a way of reaching out and connecting, just as your words do. Enchanting verses my friend!
Thank you, Andrea 🙂
all I can say is wow… I felt the poetry in this great job 🙂
I am honored you feel that way 🙂
I ike a blog the captures me from the first line. It does not often happen. It did here.
That is wonderful to hear 🙂
Oh, yes, VW–both the river and your inner self will find each other on that distant shore! Wonderful, wonderful poem that had my feet wet and my eyes straining to see the sea!
Thank you, Granbee. You are very kind 🙂
I REALLY love this one, VW! I love the flow, the paralleling of you and the river; just wonderfully written, as always! I think this is also one of my favorites of yours! Hope you’re well, as I’ve been away for a bit! 🙂
Your kind words are much appreciated Lauren. I am thankful you stopped by 🙂
What a beautiful inspired piece of poetry VW..
The River of life often tosses us around the white water as we overcome the obstacles in our path. But like the river, we are made up of water in fact we are the majority of water, so we are more like the river than we think…
We meander our way at times at a steady speed, often finding our way around the obstacles put before us.. At other times when in anger we Rush head long over them, sweeping others from our paths as we hurtle in our white of emotional bubbles and froth and foam at the mouth.. As we vent our Anger.
At other times we hardly seem to be moving as our surface seems calm and still, but underneath our undercurrent still flows, still urging us forward..
All our lives we seem to be pushing forward drawn my an unseen hand as we cut our way through the ups and downs of life.. And all of us upon this journey are seeking the same one thing.. Within the Ocean of Life we merge once more to be complete. To blend once again with that Vastness of Spirit.. to once again ascend within the vapour to the heavens, only to drop once more as a droplet of rain, back down to earth as we start and find our way back upon the river of Life..
Your words are inspired indeed VW.. and May your life be forever sail upon a smooth Lake, full of love.. ~Blessings to you x ~Sue
What magical words. I hope your wishes come true
Yours too my friend, Yours too! 🙂
My favorite line was “the river has more voice than I, it has no fear to speak it’s mind” I always enjoy reading your poems. Also I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. You deserve it.
Thank you so much 🙂
Your poems are so intense, they make me so emotional. This one made me cry too!
Damn it! YOU’RE GOOD!!! 😀
Thank you, my friend. I am honored 🙂
A masterpiece my friend and poet. May the current bring you to the open shinning sea.
Thank you sir
Quite lovely! This piece has a beautiful rhythm.
I appreciate the kind words
VW, I am missing you!!
Thank you, Betty. I am thankful to be missed
Hope all is well and that you’ll be returning soon.
I wish that I could. Thank you
I am missing your poetry, too VW. It seems Betty and I were on the same thought wavelength :-). Wishing you good dreams, rainbows and blessings.
You are both so kind. I wish I had something to give you. Thank you for caring
Just stopping by to say HI again, VW. Still thinking of you, and missing your poetic presence. Feel free to email me!
There is nothing left to miss, but I am ever grateful for your kind thoughts, Betty
Wonderful, Vampire….love it….I can relate to your emotions here….
Thank you, Celeste
I too have missed your poems and your visits….hope all is well….
I am humbled by your thoughtfulness. Forgive me for abandoning this place as I have. I know nothing else to do
Heard of the Enya song “the river sings”?
It reminds me of the relentless force
you describe here. I think it is in latin
though. Girl in the Hat has a novel –
“What Would Water Do” The title reminds
me of your hero who is trying to follow
the ways of the River – if only we were
What a lovely comparison. I am a long time fan of Enya 🙂
So you’ve heard the song? It’s
one of my favorites.
Yes, her voice is angelic 🙂
That is over a hundred recordings of the
same song playing at once – she layer’s it
I’m told. Kinda makes me wish I had a machine
like that to play with – I can’t sing like that
I miss you VW! I hope all is well with you! Much love and hugs XOXO
Thank you, Ayasonice. I appreciate your kind thoughts
Hopefully by the time that you read this one you will be ready to post a string of new poems, all as excellently offered as always and be eager to post a lot more my great friend 🙂 I hope that you are very well in your part of the world Vampire Weather 🙂
Thank you, my friend, for your support. Unfortunately I have abandoned this realm and I no longer write poetry. If I did, I would certainly share it with you, my friend. Thank you
VW!! Thanks for the recent “like” of my poem. You are missed so much here – even if you aren’t writing poetry anymore, it’s good just to know you’re here now and then – and to see that familiar heart icon.
(P.S. About 10 years ago I thought I was done writing poetry – it just woudn’t come anymore, and I was blocked for a very long time. But eventually it came back. I’ll keep hoping this is true with you. You have a wonderful gift – just for BEING with us. Sending hugs!!)
Thank you, Betty. You are so kind. I am the only thing blocking my poetry at the moment, but the day may come when I feel able to share it again. I’m thankful that you are still posting and creating. Your beautiful heart is always inspiringly evident in your work. I do miss being here.
ARE YOU BACK …………
I JUST SAW YOU 🙂 IN MY POST YESTERDAY .
I MISSED YOU !!!!!
HOPE ALL IS GOOD !
SENDING TONS OF LOVE YOUR WAY … XOXO
SO MANY PEOPLE MISSED YOU ….
YOU ARE LOVED XOXOX
Thank you so much cat. I am just visiting 🙂
Hi VW… still sailing down my own White Water Rapids at this moment, But I am resting upon a whirlpool of Intent at the moment.
I intend to surpass this emotional turbulance.. And sail on to smoother waters…. Thank you for dropping in… Hope all is well within your RIver…. Keep swimming… and know the other shore is close at hand…
Love and Blessings to you VW,,,,
Thank you Sue! I am grateful for your lovely encouragement
Lovely flow !
Thank you kindly!
All I hope for is that you and the river meet up once again…the best of luck in finding it.
Thank you, Bella. Bring me your words again soon. I miss them.
I will bring you my words, if you promise to come back dear friend…