Wednesday, November 11, 2015

River Run




Mighty river,
for millions of years,
you have roared
through this passage
of ancient rock-walled chasms,
green with weeping.

Salmon return each fall
to make their perilous passage,
in endless imprinted struggle
to survive, to overcome:
like us.

Again and again, 
the attempted impossible leap,
falling back to gather strength
to leap again:
like us.

River, roar
your message of endurance, 
power, survival:
mighty river, gateway,
challenge, pinnacle.
Home.

for Sumana's prompt at Midweek Motif: Rivers

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful.. the message which the river silently gives us all should be followed by all :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  2. "River, roar
    your message of endurance,
    power, survival:
    mighty river, gateway,
    challenge, pinnacle.
    Home." Stunning lines. Bold and Beautiful....Yes, the river meanders and wanders, ...displaying speed and strength as it continues on its journey. The message of 'endurance' is stupendous! Lovely write, Sherry!

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  3. A gentle reminder to keep trying in the journey. So inspiring and I really enjoyed the video. Leaping in faith to rushing waters.

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  4. To be at home in that weeping passageway is shown by your poem to be a privilege and a worthy challenge. Like the salmon, we are passionately alive. Thank you.

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  5. The river will always find its way and so should we just as the salmon have learned that lesson through sheer persistence. Great poem Sherry.

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  6. Oh if I had just a little of the drive a Salmon demonstrates. I love coming here and communing with nature through your verses.

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  7. Oh if I had just a little of the drive a Salmon demonstrates. I love coming here and communing with nature through your verses.

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  8. I love this Sherry. Those last lines are superb. I enjoyed the video and its music which was perfect accompaniment to your words. How beautiful that mighty river!

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  9. I love that salmon run, a primal instinct among the animals to return to their mother ~

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  10. The lifespan of the salmon has always inspired / awed me. So much meaning can be found in their river journeys.

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  11. I remember seeing them in Alaska and their journey is such a tribute to life~ You always bring nature into our hearts~ Thank you!

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  12. Tenacious river and salmon...big lessons there Sherry.

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  13. luv the contrast of features of the river

    much love...

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  14. Perilous journey of the salmon so wonderfully shows that lust for life...I wonder why I couldn't trace the video everyone is speaking about, may be because of slow net connection :(

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  15. A river is everything to creatures on earth. Some live in it while some live off it! Great lines Sherry!

    Hank

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  16. We do indeed echo the patterns of nature - but it takes a wise soul to realise that our actions are those of ancient times, of survival, of finding home xo

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  17. The last stanza makes me want to run around the room, screaming, "Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!"

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  18. I love how your river roars messages of survival, Sherry. This time Poets United dragged me out from a long silence. Thank you!

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  19. Oh my, your video and your poem just makes my eyes and ears ponder on the god that is the river. mesmerizing and breathtaking.

    River, roar
    your message of endurance,
    power, survival:
    mighty river, gateway,
    challenge, pinnacle.
    Home.

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  20. An amazing write! You took my breath away! I didn't realize until I had reached the end....

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  21. The best word for this poem to me, is invigorating!

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  22. Love the metaphor of the jumping salmon.

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  23. Oh you've really captured the mighty life force of rivers here, Sherry!

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  24. Powerful poem, Sherry. I love the stanza on salmon, and of course, the last one!

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  25. No pain, no gain, as the salmon well know, Sherry. A great take on the theme!

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