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Not meant for this earth.......verse

Updated on January 20, 2015

The river this afternoon reflects the broken surface of sky
of forests and of fauna
the sound of the whitewater rushing over
stones and boulders older than time itself
are too loud to even bother
with an echo

The summer winds warm friendly and
inviting soundlessly caress his
bare shoulders like a lover
as he rises and turns his head up
and then down the river
bank just to make sure he's
alone

He thinks how stupid to worry about something
so human as that of his own vanity
so on the boulder next to the water
he places his sweat shirt his tee shirt
his shoes and socks
and on top of those his rests
for one simple yet contemplative moment
his hand

Now naked and pale in the direct sunlight
he moves slowly through fast cool water
towards the center of the river
stumbling slightly yet too
strong to be fooled
he regains his balance with just
his arms

Deeper now into an eddy near a large boulder
he leans against and feels the
instant inviting warmth of sun on
grey granite stone where
it's almost enough to
make him reconsider
yet he wades on

Just once more he let's his eye's roam to the wind
driven branches along the waters edge
to the warm inviting sun above
and to the silvery edges of
ripples in the center
of the rivers current slowing
below the falls

Leaning forward and letting the gravity
of his weight of the river and of
his burdens take him freely he widens his arms
into the watery depth
beneath the surface and softly
soulfully and simply
let's go and thinks
I am not of this world

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      It would be interesting to access the thoughts of those who take that dive. Perhaps a meaningful conversation could change perspective. Your poem encourages me to share feelings.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Yes , MsDora , we should although always intercede , I wonder , there are those who just know that they will do what they will do . Suicide is a term and a reason given by the survivors ? We will always wonder I think . Thank you for stopping by .

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Beautifully written. So sad, though - the life that God gives us is a gift and we shouldn't just throw it away, but face our troubles, knowing that he understands and will be with us.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Hello Blossom , I hope you had awesome holidays by the way ! Thank you for reading this , I was a little worried that it was a little over the top ......:-]

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. So wonderfully written. Life is God's gift to us and it should be treasured.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So greatly written. Sharing emotions freely is such a good feeling.

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      Joy56 2 years ago

      Not of this world ....... Is right.... Beautiful

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      Daddysgirl 23 months ago

      This is why I love the water!

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      ahorseback 23 months ago

      I love you sweety !

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