Islands in the Stream (poem)

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Islands in the Stream (A Poem)

The River Platte appears

as a bright band of blue

about to twist through the

woodlands creating islands

of sandy beaches studded

with gnarled cottonwoods

whose branches stretch like

octopus arms sucking at blue

sky and telling of a time when

Arapaho encampments fill

the air with pungent smoke

from campfires where stories

are told of many strangers

coming from the East, only it

is now when, as always, a Platte

flows past thin islands of memory

and dreams of strange things to

come, when stars will fill the

sky as spraling orbs far above

a very parched and lone prairie.


The title for this poem is a take off on Hemingway's book Island in the Stream.

Platte River

The Platte River

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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Wow, this was beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Voted up!


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

You're welcome


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Beautiful imagery in your poem and pictures too!


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you, Truckstop Sally


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

That is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for the pleasure to read.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

hank you, glad you liked it.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Richard - when I go on my road trip across America, I'd love to see the Platte River. And your beautiful poem only makes me yearn to see the prairies even more.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you Dolores. I hope you do get to see where land is mostly sky.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

I can't pull my mouth up fast enough such wonderful work this is!


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

I'm certainly glad you liked it.


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thehemu 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

that's wondeful! lol!


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Glad you liked it thehemu--the Platte River is a mystical river indeed.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

I love the flavor of this journey through time and change. Thank you


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you, Tom. The Platte lends itself to such imagery.


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Beautiful. lovely poem ..thanks for sharing


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks, Sweetie, glad you liked the poem.

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