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The Brook

Updated on November 13, 2016
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Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

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
Nidd Hall | Source
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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    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

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

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      8 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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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thank you Saumya!

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      8 years ago

      this poem is very beautiful

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      8 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.

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

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

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Beautiful poem buddy! Thanks for sharing!

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      9 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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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      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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      10 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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      Mohan Kumar 

      10 years ago from UK

      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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      10 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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      Mohan Kumar 

      10 years ago from UK

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

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      Maria Giunta 

      10 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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      10 years ago from Australia

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


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