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
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?”