Then we went to the river
where everyone who has ever lived

It is so silted in parts
that one might seem
to walk on water–
at least to the very young
who do not know better.

There we wept
understanding that those we had loved
were well and truly buried,

even if the sand that time had made of them
washed the flow;
even so.



poem for Real Toads open link, hosted by Kerry O’Connor.  Pic is mine; all rights reserved.  


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10 Comments on “River”

  1. I love the image of the river, such a powerful metaphor for death.. how it almost flows, a burial and Styx in one.

  2. Brendan Says:

    There’s grace and acceptance in this place, sad as it is. It is what it is. Great to read you again.

  3. Kerry Says:

    I was there on the river bank as I read… and remembered that soon I would join the flow. What a contemplation of life and death this is.

  4. sanaarizvi Says:

    This is so incredibly touching, K!

  5. Julian Says:

    A deep and meaningfull piece of poetry, of which I thoroughly enjoyed……..
    There we wept
    understanding that those we had loved
    were well and truly buried,………….Oh,so true, and the understanding may take a while.

  6. That river. It must flow on.

  7. ayala Says:

    Strong images beautifully penned.

  8. oldegg Says:

    That river of time ever ready to sweep us away into history. Beautifully written!

  9. wkkortas Says:

    I tend to approach river poetry with some trepidation, one toe in the water, as it is a well-trod archetype, but this is wonderfully built and elegantly expressed, well worth a full dive into the drink.

  10. Marian Says:

    This rushed over me like water, and then on second read it slowed down as silt-filled water might. Yes, yes. Appreciate.

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