Friday, April 26, 2019

The river runs by me

It takes scant notice of me,
which is part of the pull,
I suppose.
I am the only creature
I can see or hear 
in this place, and one 
might think that makes me
the center oy my universe,
even for a brief moment,
but the river sings a song
that speaks another truth. 
Before you were, it says,
I am.

The editors of Tweetspeak Poetry are hosting a 30-Day, 30-Poem Challenge for Earth Month entitled, appropriately enough, Poetic Earth Month. Today, the featured poem is “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler Yeats. The poetry prompt is to write a poem about the peace you feel when you go into a secret place in our natural surroundings.

Photograph: The Meramec River as it passes the gravel bar at Shaw Nature Reserve, Franklin County, Missouri.


L.L. Barkat said...

Love this: " Before you were, it says,
I am."


A good balance for life. We all from time to time think we are the center of all, or at least we act like it, until we meet up with something much greater. And the greatest we will ever meet is God. He is the true center of life itself, and desires to be the center of our individual lives. It is a good thing to recognize our smallness in comparison with that which was before us and is I am.