Thirsty River

Will I find you in the midst of the
river, where it has been dry and
thirsty for ages? The waters are
muddy and still; you have not
moved for centuries. You are alone
and the river is moving uphill. How
shall I come? Yet you summon
me; each day, you call my name–
I am haunted by this dream.

Your tears become the river
Your cries the owl’s song
Your heart breaks like a snapping
twig. You are a stranger, a lone
wind in the forest, seeking
shelter and a home. Your fingers
are entwined in the branches
and your soul is untying itself.
Who walks with you?

Your heart weeps with you,
holds your hand. I see you
in my mind, walking, weeping,
and waiting for your hopes
to become flesh in your arms;
for the sky to open and rain.

***

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10 Responses to Thirsty River

  1. jenneandrews says:

    A gorgeous, smooth and silky lyrical poem…xj

  2. brian miller says:

    dang you give such emotion in this…my fav part was the fingers entwines and soul untying itself….really nicely done on the verse…

  3. cloudfactor5 says:

    Great anniversary poem, emotionally moving with a fabulous ending!

  4. poemsofhateandhope says:

    Something about the use of nature as a metaphor that gives this such a universal quality. It raises questions about struggle, about partnership, about the power of love….and how hard it can be to see our loved ones lost. Very powerful – emotional. I liked v much.

  5. kez says:

    beautiful and deep …thank you for sharing x x

  6. ayala says:

    Beautiful….love this..Your tears become the river
    Your cries the owl’s song
    Your heart breaks like a snapping
    twig.

  7. Sarav says:

    Such a stream of a poem, I read it again just to enjoy the flow of the words and I love that phrase “your heart breaks like a snapping twig” Beautiful!

  8. Laurie Kolp says:

    Emotive and so beautiful, lyrical.

  9. K. McGee says:

    “Your fingers
    are entwined in the branches
    and your soul is untying itself.”

    The whole poem has such a lyrical flow, but I especially loved the image above. Wonderful!

  10. Emily says:

    This is lovely. Can almost smell and feel that riverside. Been praying for rain a lot here. Got a bit last night, at last.

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