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Monday, November 19, 2012

Open Link Monday: rivers for Real Toads



Photos from www.vikingrivercruises.com
The Rhine and the Danube flow toward the sea
like many other rivers---
like any other rivers---
unaware of their histories
unaware of their pasts
feeling only the pull
that takes them onward.


But people see the Danube, and people see the Rhine,
unlike any other rivers---

people think of history,
are resentful of the past,
forgetting the pull
that takes rivers onward.

There is no real right of it,
nor is there any wrong,
in the way rivers feel
or the way people think,
unless people fail to understand
that, like rivers, they must continue onward.
by Kay L. Davies, 2012

 
Photos from www.vikingrivercruises.com
 

23 comments:

Karen said...

Really nice, Kay! I like the parallel flow of river and thought.

Mary said...

So true...rivers and people continue on their journeys. There's no stopping them!

Susan said...

O my! Undressing the rivers to show their skeletons and putting on flesh to show the people. Beautiful form and insight.

vivinfrance said...

I love this, having a particular affinity with rivers ever since I lived beside the Thames as a small child.
That inexorability is shown perfectly in your poem.

Grace said...

I like the personification of the rivers ~ Indeed we must move on with the tides ~

Happy Monday ~

wabisabipoet said...

The line in this poem that really spoke to me is "there is no real right of it" I loved how the poem flowed too, like the rivers ... and life! Well done.

Laura said...

such wisdom in this Kay! I hope that you will consider sharing an offering for this year's 4th annual gratitude word quilt. You can find information about the project and how to participate at the top of my blog. If you’ve already sent something thank you and please forgive my poor memory. The quilt is growing quite expansive and with only first names, I can’t always remember who already shared. Feel free to write in your native language google translate is available on my blog so every one can read and understand one another. Every Blessing~ Laura

Daydreamertoo said...

Timeless flow too. Yes, we need to keep moving forward or, like water, we stagnate too.
Beautiful imagery.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Your trip has been a wonderful inspiration for this poem. The Rhine seems so iconic - it's a long time since I journeyed there.

Hannah said...

Oh, yes!! Such wisdom and positive message and in such a creative voice. Excellent writing, truly inspired!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

How lovely to read a poem written about the Danube FROM the Danube! Love the forward motion of rivers, and of humans. Enjoyed this poem, Kay - enjoy the beauty all around. I look forward to more photos!!!!

Emma Major said...

These words transported me into my memories of times on both those rivers. Thanks
Emma at llm calling

Emma Major said...

These words transported me into my memories of times on both those rivers. Thanks
Emma at llm calling

Margaret said...

This, I believe, is my favorite poem of yours (that I have read thus far). It is a beautifully contemplative poem. Onward... what a great idea.

Aidz Giannini said...

So we flow as the river

Tatius T. Darksong said...

sometimes life should be like the rivers and keep moving forward not worrying from where they come or go.

Kateri said...

Love the ending to this--like the river, we must continue on--in spite of history....

Susie Clevenger said...

Such wisdom...we must move forward...there is no reverse in life.

Laurie Kolp said...

Lovely, Kay!

Herotomost said...

Onward and upward!!!! I love this analogy and the historical slant to a message that it definitely well recieved. Great work Kay!!!!

Ella said...

I love this aligned thought!
Traveling is so insightful! :D
Nicely done

myheartslovesongs.com said...

i love the analogy and your final stanza is truly wonderful!!!

Kay said...

I love this, Kay! I can't believe you're able to do this when you're on a trip. You must be so tired and yet you're still creative and energized.