When the Floodwaters Recede......

Here in the high country watersheds
the rivers often run fast
Come hell or highwater .....the rain will come
but the floods will never last
Though in the wake of a flood
the damage already done
The home may go down river
when mother nature has won
But in the receding river we find once
again the banks
And out of the echo of the waters
comes a prayer giving thanks
Comes counting up the children and watching
out for the aged
Comes a tallying up our losses
when the river runs raged
Another mark on the bridge another
line on the dam
Highwater marks aplenty we only do
everything we can
And in the morning after all is calm
as before
The river a little wider ........and deeper
along the rocky shore
What of the voices in the roar of the river
what ghosts come out in the rain
The floodwaters always recede before it
all turns round again

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apurva joshi 5 years ago from INDIA

beautiful poem... awesome work. voted up:)

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I hope you're high and dry!

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Another beautiful but touching piece of writing there Ahorseback.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Vivid picture! Not even storms last forever. We just need to hold on to whatever we can, for still waters are only an hour or more ahead.

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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

The rivers swell and recede, you have captured this beautifully as only you can. I relate to this well,having grown up beside the Murray River in Australia, where every couple or years flood waters would double, sometimes triple its size. My Dad and brothers would madly fill the sandbags to protect my Dad's timber mill from going under. Thankfully our house was on slightly higher ground. My Mum and us girls would help with cooking to feed the men and the town would bond together to create levys around the lower lying properties. Thank you for bringing back these memories.

Another awesome piece from an amazing poet. Thank you for sharing, Ahorseback.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

apurva , thank you my friend!.....:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Will Starr Yes , we are , in northern Vemont it is a little higher elevation than southern parts, we lucked out. The loss of life anywhere is the worse part.....:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

And there is Cardisa's smile , we never get tired of that!......:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

MartieCoster , Yes , you've got that right , thank you !......:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Fennelseed , You are so kind, and with the wisdom and memories that you have ! Wow , sounds like the way my parents lived when I was born , lumbercamps , saw mills , such great memories. I barely remember the camps but , you do !......write about them !......You are so kind...:-}

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Another poignant poem, you write with such feeling of disaster and its aftermath. Such beautiful wording and imagery to draw your readers in and let them feel a little .of the experience. Mother nature is so powerful and we are so vulnerable.

I found these words so touching

And out of the echo of the waters

comes a prayer giving thanks

You are an inspiration. Makes me want to write something on this subject. Voted up

jami l. pereira 5 years ago

You are such an amazing writer , beautiful and voted up all the way across , this was touching and heartfelt , i loved it ! thanks for sharing!:)

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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

This takes me back to my days of living in the mountains. I am glad to hear that you were a little higher than most. It is sad when a life is lost to mother nature. Amazing poetry! I would love to have a photo book of your pictures. Breath taking!Thanks!

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Rosemay , you are too kind , everyone at one time or another experiences some trying times in a life . I am impressed by natures power! And more so , the power of the human minds and hearts who rebuild their lives .Thank you for sharng......:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Jami Pereira, Thank you so much , you as well are too kind, I see these little visions often when I write , I suppose loving to read is a big help too! Thank You for coming by!.....;-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

TPoague, Yes we are lucky ,thats all , to view from a distance when these tragedies strike. Now we dodge the downed trees , the wash outs in the dirt roads and look to the next storm! We are ALL so lucky in that we live , Right now! I love to take my own photos! Thank you for being here today!.....:-}

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