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Spirit of the River

Spirit of the River

A Poem by YouoweYoupay

Oh, Great River, listen to these words.




Spirit of the River





Heavy as metal but

drifts on the surface

My purpose.

Has found me... 

I shall not allow

An obstacle

Nor shall I leave

furious bits unruffled




A broad silver knife.

I need.

To incise remaining life

And if I bleed...


There must not be

air for sentimentals

Yes, they are fundamental

The Steps I take in soiled shoes

Leave my feet sore

Yet I shall soar.

Not to His Heaven,

But to my Vision


These silver-blue fringes

Of the river I cross

are defying me.


But I will trudge forward

To heat my skin

Beneath the poor fabric

And to calm the shiver

Oh, Great River,

I need not an earthquake

To shake me awake

Nor do I need an oath to make,


Now, listen to the words

I might burn in flames

Amidst your calm mist

But I will not halt and weep

For a broken maiden

Being drowned and hauled

Back into the sea.


Oh, Great River,

The toetips of your banks 

might seem yeilding

In the daylight

With your silver glimmer

And tamed pebbles

but you are sturdy

You could force me back

With a broken back

And soaked rags of shame

And I could deceive you

Into believing you had prevailed

Then throttle your breath

And dry your silver color

With machines and sins

But I will not.

I shall not.


Now, listen to my words,

I need not an oath to make,

But I will not halt and weep

For the sinking sun

Nor will I weep for my loss

I will be the one

To march ahead and leap

Leaving no threads

Of promises I cannot keep...

© 2011 YouoweYoupay

Author's Note

*Image Title: The River of No Return
*By: moyan
*Link: http://moyan.deviantart.com/art/The-River-of-No-Return-183877197?q=boost%3Apopular%20river%20spirit&qo=1

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wow.. this was such a great read. thank you for the read request and the post. you're such a talented writer!

Posted 6 Years Ago

Sometimes it is hard to believe that a young writer such as yourself could be so gifted with the pen

Posted 6 Years Ago

liked this a lot

Posted 6 Years Ago

love how this piece comes together.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Beautiful! The words have such meaning. And it is a wonderful piece to have eyes feast upon.

Posted 7 Years Ago

I am confused whether you are talking about the Spirit of the River or your own spirit being like the river...

Posted 7 Years Ago

Very middle earth feel... I like that image, very tranquil... This piece was about a river and flowed like one... brilliant

Posted 7 Years Ago

Nice symbolism. I enjoyed reading this quite a bit.

Posted 7 Years Ago

that was pretty good... way better than any of mines... Loved It!!!!!!!

Posted 7 Years Ago

Simply marvolous and filled with beauty~

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Added on June 9, 2011
Last Updated on June 10, 2011
Tags: poem, river, strong, promise, weak, past, moving on, life, spirit



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