What is it the river tells us.....

From the mouth of the river comes all the
answers ..... mankind's eternal whys?
Just look at the flotsam.....when the tides
are low at the mouth under the skies

The river meets the sea...........a casket
floats into the sound
Right next to aluminum cans....dropped
when no one's around

Whats that foating away to the gulf
a lawn chair left on the beach
And over there a row house half burried
in sand......a home beyond reach

A sheen of oil spreads from beneath
reflecting stars and moonlight
A wooden hull with no transom
floats away in the night

This can't be from man
the mankind that he knows
So much for the landfill
maybe it's better it shows

From mans beginning ........and ultimately
as far into the future I wonder
Beneath the sea.....under the stones
and the ledges down under

It is sickening to watch...... the untimely
death of our earth
Man has no concience it seems
doe's he has even less of worth?

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prashant angiras 5 years ago from shimla(india)

this is a beautiful poem,i liked the way you have described the river and the things that it carries that describes the history,the way the things are floating on the river even when no body is watching them,the way it tells us the slow decline of the world..you have characteristics of a good poet.

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

This is beautiful Ahorseback and sad. I have hiked along side a lake and collect drift wood..and so sad to see all the cans and garbage left. Nature provides us so much beauty and to see it trashed really makes me upset..not only does it look bad but hurts the wild life around..Thank you for a great read this morning,this is one of my favorite poems I thought you may like about rivers.


I've known rivers:

I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow

of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.

I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.

I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.

I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went

down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy bosom turn

all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:

Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

-- Langston Hughes

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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Wonderful poem, well written, and embraces the shame of how much damage mankind does to nature's beauty, and the total indifference that some people have.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Prashant, No matter what I do , where I go , conoeing, hiking, I see the signs of man, not just man!But his attitude towards this small and delicate planet ,pretty sad no? Thank you for reading.....;_]

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Sunnie day , Thank you for sharing that , I'm ashamed to say I haven't read Langston Hughes and should. I found a ringneck loon once that had strangled on a six packs plastic tie, apparently. And so much more. In remote places even you can see the signs of man. Its sad! .........Sunnie , have a nice weekend. I will be appreciative of you and those who think like us.....:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

D william, Thank you I sure am glad some of us think alike.....:-}

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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Another touching poem! When we had a cabin in Mt Hood the area was super clean because the local govt are strict, any deviation from their rules (which were too much sometimes) which includes keeping the area clean would be brought to the owner's attention and enforced. Too bad, some people need rules to respect Nature.

I clicked on "unfollow Horseback" in error, yikes, thinking it was the link to your hub, but followed you back right away. LOL. I now get digest announcements, guess it's a change from Hubpages and really prefer the old hub announcements format.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

A very thought-provoking hub. We are spoiling the ocean, day by day. The rivers are already polluted; likewise most lakes.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Violetsun , wow , sounds like serious bussiness out there. Yet we should have more enforcement of pollution, littering laws. It can be really bad in places on the east coast, beer cans to baby bottles , people can be real slobs....I forgive you for unfollowing me ,I have had to do that a couple of times just to get to give fan mail. And then re-follow. I hope you guys are well out there in the northwest and wish I was there for the sea, we could walk together in the sand....lol..:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Paradise , One day there will be a cleansing. perhaps an earth to return to its rightful guardians. Nature alone......:-}

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful ahorseback. A good reminder to take good of our land, when it's gone, so are we. Thank's

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hey Always , Thats right ! ...:-}

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