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The River - A Poem

Updated on March 10, 2013
My river!
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The river runs fast

With life that is teaming

In the water

And on the banks,

I watch


In wonder

And offer my thanks.

Life's problems thrown up

Some large,

And some small,

Perspective is needed

The river, it calls!

A huge tidal stream

Rushing by,


A cormorant fishing

And ducks


By my presence

As long as I sit quiet and still

Even the rats have their place here

Proof that life will...

Just keep going


No matter what,

Grounding comes

As I realise

All that I've got.

This nature

So huge

Is hard to ignore

Whilst sitting so small

On the banks

Grassy floor.


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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Ah Colin... even though it feels like an eternity since we chatted, I actually thought of you and your lake when I wrote's great to live somewhere so beautiful isn't it! ... And I found lake erie in my atlas the other day so my thoughts have been with you even though I haven't been here! lol

      Thank you also for your friendship and your lovely words, all's well here on the riverbank... a few minor hiccups, but never enough to dent my spirit, so sending you and your cats the warmest of energies on a cold (still feels like winter) evening, sat next to my burner with a cup of tea and my dog curled up next to me at exactly 6.30pm!

      Hoping all's well with you too... have a great weekend, Jennifer

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...well my dear hub-buddy Jennifer 'I offer my thanks' to our friendship and your awesome status as an esteemed colleague. This lovely poetic ode reminds me of how I feel about my lake as I gaze at it endlessly everyday as if it were the most beautiful woman in the world - lol

      I came back earlier this morning to review this hub poem but it was after night shift and my battery went dead (in my brain) so here I am now at lake erie time ontario canada 2:15pm

      and sending sincere warm wishes to you from Colin and his cats and hoping all is well in your life

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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Apologies to you all for such a late reply, cursed with a broken laptop right after I pushed the "publish" button! :-) Thank you Bill, btrbell, BlossomSB, kashmir, travmaj, bravewarrior, suzzycue, always exploring and Graham, for all your wonderful words... I've had a little break from HP but it's very good to be back amongst my friends here... love to all from my little patch of river bank, Jen

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      I felt as though I to was sat on a riverbank just gazing and thinking. Excellent.


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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful..I love to sit by the river, it always brings screnity. Thank you..

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was calmed by reading your poem. Just like a river if we learn to go with the flow life can be wonderous and peaceful.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      This is so beautiful. Calm by the water lets us know how small we are in this universe, yet we are blessed with witnessing all its glory!

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      You have captured the flow of the river in your poem. I love the stillness, the quiet, the realisation of nature and how we compare. I'm extremely fond of rivers too and identify with this.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      So beautifully written and free flowing like the river ! Well done !

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting way of writing the poem so that it winds along like the river. It is also beautiful.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful poem, flowing and heartfelt! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am reminded of "The River" a song by Garth Brooks. Beautiful work, Jennifer. So much said in so few words.