Celina Lived by the River ........

She smiled in her photo.....without a future
love's promise ....or pledge
And now they look for her
along the rivers edge

Waiting..... searching ......hoping beyond
hope but not one chance
The shy girl ......innocence in a childlike smile
dreaming of a prom dance

And The river flows on ......slow
but steady.....night and day
Did she cry out .......did she grasp
at the hand she trusted you say?

When you wrapped her in the blanket
was it hers at least to know
One familiar touch .....or scent
did you hope she would never show

No..... not the stranger ...the fiend.....
dark coats and twisted stares
But the hand of trusted father
mother.....it's the stranger who cares......

Celia lived by the river.......sitting and dreaming
of the things only a river knows
Who knew it was Celina's life
drifting where the river flows

All the water here flows beyond into Celina's
dreams ... her memory too
The streams ..the mists ....and rains
and become a river for you

For Celina......


To explain ; It seems another all too familiar story... parents checking on an eleven year old before bed , all is fine ! And in the morning a young girl is reported missing in the news, as the days go by and prayer candles multiply .......and then her body turns up in the nearby river , the details will ultimately show up on the nightly news . A stepfather in question, a mother too. And another young girl becomes the victim of abuse..........












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crackers10 5 years ago from DreamWorld

Absolutely Beautiful.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I've lived near rivers most of my life so it is easy to empathize with the river symbolism.A nice but rather sad image.


marellen 5 years ago

Rather spooky tale...goosebumps....


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

I floated with your emotions.


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prashant angiras 5 years ago from shimla(india)

i feel so much for Celina,like how did she look,how she felt,its really bad that she died..a very dark poem..


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I can imagine her spirit there by the river, not moving on to the other side. A haunted river of the spirit of an innocent girl. So sad.


Marina Lester 5 years ago

Water, a perfect symbol for life and emotion. I am packing for a trip, but I am very glad I stopped by ahorseback, I really LOVE this piece. Very sad and beautiful... very well done! A HAUNTING piece, beautiful and terrible, a phantom brought from the water in your work sure to linger in my mind... Incredible. I won't be forgetting this one!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh, This is sadly intriguing, full of unanswered questions, Who? Why?


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cracker 10,this is in tribute , an ongoing story of a homicide.....


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Dahoglund , Actually I wrote this about an eleven year old girl whos body was just found near here in a river!.....I had to write something!....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Maerellen , Not such a tale as it is! But a real murder it seems ......:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Binaya , This is a tribute to a missing girl last week

you may have seen it in the news....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Prashant, Yes as I do as well , thank you for caring.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa , I am only speculating but her body was found on monday in the river near here . It looks some a domestic abuse murder.....so sad.....


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Marina , My cyber daughter! How are you? Celina's body was located in the river after a missing person report of a week ago.....tragic......, be careful on your journey!....Hugs. Ed


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Always Exploring , I just added a note , about the news this week , An abused daughters body found nearby here.....


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b. Malin 5 years ago

So Sad Ahorseback, and Oh so true...What a Beautiful Tribute to a life cut down much too soon...before it's time. I also agree on your thoughts on it being a Domestic Abuse Case.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi B Malin , ummm. I would love to be the guy who leads these people into hell!....And the angels into heaven.......:-}


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

So very many children live lives of pain and desperation. Oh, if only they could know the love I, and others, feel for them. Thank you for your compassion and caring.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hyphenbird you must be a wonderful mom! I see that in you!....:-}


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franciaonline 5 years ago from Philippines

Whewww, what a way to tell a story! ahorseback, your poetry writing is unbelievable. I am a fan!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Franciaonline, Thank YOU, Nice to have you here!.....:-}


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greencha 3 years ago from UK

thats a heartfelt memorial to a sad event. Unfortunately these sort of things happening in UK more than ever these days, ahorseback....


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

greencha , Sad it is , still no answers !.....:-{


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

An experience that is hard to talk or even think about and yet you've made tribute to it so remarkably well. It is a hard and heart felt fact that we should not allow to be forgotten. Those who are gone and those who are still with us. And with words like yours, they shall not be.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thank you Wayne , the comment means alot !.......:-}

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