Going Down By the River

Down by the river

Two children would play

Splashing in the summer sun

Down by the river

Two children would run

Through the autumn leaves

And round the tall oak tree

They’d laugh and cheer with glee

As the wind shook that tree

Down by the river

Two children would

Wonder why the river

Frozen stood still

And ever so carefully

Slide on the ice

As the cold wind whistled by

Down by the river

Two children grew up

And the old oak tree

Watched them with joy

Suddenly they went away

And the old oak stood alone

Alone and sorrowed

For the children who came no more

Then one day two teenagers appeared

And the old oak

Recognized his friends

They were the children

Of long ago

Now teenagers in love

Down by the river

Two teenagers

Would laugh and kiss

And the boy hung up a swing

And they enjoyed

Many pleasurable moments there

As the oak nodded and approved

Of the hours they spent

Down by the river

But even youth grow up too quickly

And soon the oak was alone again

He marked the season

By the leaves he shed and grew

And he wondered if he’d spend

The rest of his years all alone

Down by the river

Then one day in joyful glee

The old oak tree

Saw two people approaching

With them was a little girl

And the old oak tree

Shook his leaves in greeting

They were his long lost friends’

Now grown and married

The little girl

Squealed in great delight

As she saw the swing

It still stood right there

A little worn with time

And the young man

Swung his daughter on the swing

And they all sat down to picnic

Down by the river

© 2013 Gypsy Rose Lee

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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

I enjoyed this. Very sweet.

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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree"

Nice Job


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

Very lovely.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wonderful as always. You always take us on wonderful adventures in life.

Up awesome and beautiful


God bless, Faith Reaper

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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Of course their births aside I have never been happier than watching my children play at the swimming holes and streams I did as a child. And yes they jumped of the same cliffs and swung into the creek from the same tree as me.

Thank you much I am sharing this. And so many of my friends will know exactly what you wrote about.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Brilliant as always Going Down by the River is such a lovely poem and I so very much enjoyed reading your great words here.

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Beautiful Rasma; voted up and shared onto A Brand New Dawn.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Just amazing, Rasma..

Your imagination knows no bounds - you can describe life and love from any vantage point.

This gave me shivers, for some reason...maybe because all the trees where i live FREEZE for much of the year, and - i feel their pain...lol


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Now this is truly a precious story. Thank you for sharing it, Rasma!

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this wetnosedogs.

Glad you enjoyed this Kim.

Glad you enjoyed this Crystal.

Glad you enjoyed this Faith. Thanks for the vote and share. God bless.

Glad you enjoyed this Eric and nice that it brought memories. Thanks for the share.

Glad you enjoyed this Devika. Partly inspiration partly childhood memories of river swims.

Glad you enjoyed this Eddy and thanks for the vote and share. Have a good day.

Glad you enjoyed this Leslie. Thanks for the share.

Glad you enjoyed this Nell.

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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Delightful poem. If only the trees could talk!

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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Now I want to go down by the river . . .

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Blossom I sure wish my big oak in my garden could talk.

Nice to walk by the river truthfornow.

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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I agree with Blossom..."it only trees could talk." Beautiful poem, Gypsy, and voted up :-)

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Genna. I sure would love it if the big oak in our garden could talk. Thanks for the vote.

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