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The river of life ....a poem

Updated on October 22, 2013

Late October and
today I watched the geese resting on their
way south
They seemed to be sleeping like so many
airport travelers
In the river
The big river flows south ever slowly
but the winds yet blow north
and as I returned later to
The geese had drifted northward in the
stiff breeze
yet still they sleep
But what's a few hundred feet
to them that will spend so much time
back peddling
North again
Only to fly south
yet still

And yet isn't mankind just like these
fools on these waters I wondered
Chasing ourselves in opposite
All the while cackling at
each other for not
watching the river currents
"It was your fault"
"No ! It wasn't my turn to watch "
And yet away we go
in opposite directions
the geese
and mankind


A long time ago a friend of mine
"Fennelseed" , -Annie , as I came to know her ,
a beautiful soul,
gave me this photo ! And she named it "soul sparkles"
And like me she has been missing
from Hubpages for awhile
I hope she is well!
Maybe that love has found her
and taken her from us
far away

Like these geese in autumn


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I gotta tell ya my friend, I think the geese are smarter than mankind on any given day. :)

      Food for thought and beautifully delivered. :)

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      Kari 3 years ago from Colorado

      United we stand, divided We fall and the failure to rally and awaken will be our demise.

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Billy - thank you my friend !....I agree!

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Songof the saints - I love that - and You ! ,thank you !

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      Kari 3 years ago from Colorado

      Just remember, darkness is nothing but the absence of light. Perhaps we need to spread more light and knowledge and begin the next revolution . :)

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Somehow my dear , I think you have that power ! Your friend ...Ed.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      So many of life's lessons can be learned from our precious animals. You've said it so well here! I love Annie's photo and I miss her terribly. We must find out where she is ~ Hugs ~ Audrey

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      Marie Alana 3 years ago from Ohio

      Like billybuc has mentioned, this poem is an especially good poem for "food for thought." It has really stopped me today and made me think in my own tracks. Thanks for the share!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Profound words here dear Ed! I do not know Annie, but I am sure she is a lovely person if you say so and her photo is beautiful as is your poem.

      Up and more and sharing

      Faith Reaper

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      bluebird 3 years ago

      This poem makes you stop and think, the light is shining yet most prefer their ways to the truth and ways of God. It's human nature and must be tamed, no, forsaken. And that's the problem. Easy to say, hard to do.

      Life would certainly be easier if we were created with instinct like the animals. But humans are created in the very image of God, now if we could only make ourselves choose the ways of God...then we would be getting somewhere!

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago


      i think the geese have it ALL OVER us humans! At least they can travel in a group and not kill each other...y aknow?

      Hugs, cowboy! Miss ya...


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I, too, have missed the lovely 'Fennelseed.' A very thoughtful poem here - we can learn so many lessons from God's created world.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oftentimes, I think that nature is the greatest teacher of all. What we fail to see is all around us. I loved this poem. Beautifully written…and the photo is perfect.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was just wonderful. Ed you get all three voted up, awesome, and beautiful. I miss Annie she was a great part of HP. I miss hearing from you too and look forward to more of your incredible poetry. Wish this autumn the river of life could take me with the ducks to warmer lands. We have ducks here that live all winter long in the parks. I'm pearling this gem.

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      Kari Shinal 3 years ago from Fayetteville, NC

      Ed, like those geese, sometimes I hear the phrase in my head. Two steps forward one step back. I suppose even mankind has to do that, though I think we can say the exponents are quite different. More likely two steps forward three steps back when come to think on it. Always history repeats, not unlike migratory birds. I do hope your friend is happy. Thanks for letting me comment. Lovely!

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