The Brook

Stony Brook Stream - Steve Zimic
Stony Brook Stream - Steve Zimic


There's something about the flowing water that captures our imagination. A rambling river or a sparkling stream, there is something eternal in their journey. They can be calm and gentle on a gentle summers day, angry and tortuous when the storm breaks out. Even when dry, you can see the ancient paths they've ploughed through.

I wonder how many stories that brooks and rivers can tell us about how much they've seen and endured throughout the history. I bet the stories are rich and riveting, just like the stories of the wind.

What fascinates me more is the relentless, ceaseless flow towards the sea - determined, diligent and daring.

This poem comes from this thought. I wrote this when I was at school, and was (and am) very proud when my fellow students liked it.

And the amazing paintings of rivers and brooks I found in my own wanderings form the basis of the video above.

Nidd Hall
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Brook - Derek Wilkins
Brook - Derek Wilkins

The Brook

There's a brook that runs

beneath a thousand suns

tireless towards the lake

like a sinuous silver snake


It climbs and falls

It speeds and crawls

never pausing on its way

every night and every day


It sings me tales

of hills and dales

in a haunting ancient tune

in the light of the glorious moon


I've laughed and wept

and dreamed as I slept

by its ceaseless wandering side

as nights' million voices cried


I asked the stream

in my confused dream

why this endless meandering race

as its mist caressed my face


With its watery voice

It laughed: If the choice

Is to stop rather than go

I always choose to flow


That's the brook that runs

beneath a thousand suns

tireless towards the lake

like a sinuous silver snake.


Cocktail hour- Brooks Pearce
Cocktail hour- Brooks Pearce

© 2010 Mohan Kumar

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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

Another well worded poem Docmo. Simple but very effective. Cheers

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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

You have a lovely way with words Docmo, welcome to hubpages and I'm sure our writing community will enjoy your work. If you do need more info visit the HP learning center or send me any questions and I'll help where I can. Cheers Marie, member of hubgreeters team.

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Marie. Nice ot be welcomed and I am looking foreward to reading other's work within the community..

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sofs 6 years ago

Beautiful, simple, effective, lilting and vivid in imagery. I just loved it. Simplicity is always beautiful, welcome to the community and hope to read more of your works.

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

You are very kind and generous, sofs! Hope you do enjoy the other pieces when you get a chance. Much appreciated.

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shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

Awesome! I have been here before :). Can two people think so much alike?... beautiful! If the choice, Is to stop rather than go I always choose to flow.

Hmmmm... flow on doc.. there is more to life, which needs to be explored!! Beautiful life this ..needs to be lived and lived well!! God Bless!

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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Like a sinuous silver snake, powerful image Docmo! Loved the never ending flow of this river piece! You construct words so beautifully...this endless meandering race as its mist caresses my face! Loved it!!!!

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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Love the rhythm of this poem. So beautiful. I love it.

The river is alive and speaks volumes.

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania


Beautiful poem buddy! Thanks for sharing!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Docmo, this is extra amazing. i love the rhymes at the end of each line.

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

This beautiful poem is a wonderful example of the variety of poetry you scribe. The simplicity of your words speaks volumes. Thank you for sharing this with us.

saumya 3 years ago

this poem is very beautiful

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Docmo 3 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Saumya!

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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

The new video in your revised article is extremely beautiful. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Don't know why I missed this but it's wonderful. Loved it.

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