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HERE COMES THE RIVER BY ROBERT HEWETT SR.

Updated on July 24, 2012
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As we go through life our views and circumstances change by the minute. It is important for us to observe life around us and lean from our present situations and scenes. In this poem I attempt to point out the similarities betwee the risks of LIFEand the unseen risks of the RIVER. Only you, the reader, can know if I have met my objective, especially for young people.


HERE COMES THE RIVER

By

Robert Hewett Sr.

Here comes the river around the bend,

where is it going, where has it been?

Say hello quickly while you can,

it’s not the same river when you look again.

It’s not so different from the lives that we live.

some learn to hate and some learn to give.

The river can tell you the dangers you face

listen, survive and make a better human race.

What secrets lie beneath the river’s muddy face?

How many tragedies could it tell us

about the foolish human race?

Listen to the elders, who finished the chase.

There is a side to this river that old people know.

There are whirlpools that can catch you

and hold you tight deep below.

Many do not break the whirlpool’s hold.

There is quicksand that holds you like a vise,

the more you struggle the deeper you go

until you are covered head to toe,

and you are part of the river’s ever changing face.

There are great holes under the bank,

full of roots waiting for you.

Once they have you, they will not let go

yet the river knows and still flows.

Don’t face the river of life alone

or you may become the river’s secret too.

Listen to the old men who know

the river and what not to do.

Enjoy the view, catch the fish,

skip a rock or toss a stick.

Someday take a child by the hand and say,

“here comes the river around the bend,

where is it going and where has it been?”


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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Hi raciniwa, nice to see you on my page. I owe you some visits. I will try to do better.

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      a moment, a chance that has come to pass like the river would never get back...

      nice analogy Robert...it's always inspiring to read your work...

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thank you Jo for this insightful and touching review comment. I will be over to visit your page.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      It is such a pleasure to learn about where the river has been and where it goes! :) I would like to believe that because " some learn to give."

      I am far better a person than I would of been had I not stopped to listen. : ) A real pleasure to read this. And a great privledge to follow you! :)

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thank you pearlmach for such a nice review compliment. I will be over to read for you.

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I love your comment dghbrh, such insight into the human make-up. I am very pleased you like my river and life poem.

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      pearlmacb 5 years ago from Switzerland

      Im really glad I came by your work. Brillant piece, it stimulated my mind & spirit this sunday morning. Thanks!!! voted up :))

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Now that is a river and life to learn so much from ......wonderful work. Really loved the style and the smoothness of advice presented in such a unique way. All votes up and shares:-)

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thanks myownlife, I will try to visit your site often

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      myownlife 5 years ago from london

      Awesome writing, I enjoyed a lot.

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thanks Matthew nice to see you here again.

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Audrey, how nice of you to stop by. thanks. I will be over to read for you.

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thank you whonunuwho for reading for me. I am now following you on Hubpages.

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      Matthew Weese 5 years ago from Auburn

      Absolutely great piece of work.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Really nice piece of writing. Great sense of metaphor---

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed your work. Keep up the great writing.