Rivers & Waterways....

Rivers & Waterways....

A Poem by Carola
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i'm a greenie & love the untouched environment best of all.

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Our planet’s waterways and variety of natural contours truly are amazing,

From thin streamlets, meandering rivers, to wide outpouring ocean deltas.

Banks sculpted by the water’s momentum from the mountains to the valleys,

Rivers flowing fast or slow, punctuated by magnificent cascading waterfalls.

                                     

Widening into lakes, or moulded into oxbows from horseshoe river bends, 

And billabongs remnants from floods of the past, all remarkable features.

Not forgetting man-made canals built for transportation or flooding benefit, 

Can see boats and barges in a variety of shapes and sizes, gliding past. 

                      

Bright and sunny days compel the water to shimmer, dance and dazzle, 

Glistening in colours of blue, green and brown, in clear to muddy variations.

I can see intense sunrays penetrate to shallow depths on cloudless days, or

Its muddy opaqueness blocking these rays of light to the creatures below.


A visual magnetism for me, releasing daydreams of watery amusement of my past, 

I am tranquil and mesmerized in thoughts of what could lie beneath the surface.

Could there be murray cod, trout, perch or crayfish? An angler’s delight no doubt, 

Slippery eels and turtles gliding past; water beetles and frogs seen perchance.


Green algae, aquatic plants, seaweed, hosting clusters of clinging fish eggs and, 

Some tadpole larvae, spiders with air bubble webs or worms wriggling in the silt.  

Along foliage covered river banks and under the shade of overhanging trees, 

Hidden burrows are comfy homes for platypus, the waterways their playground.

 

Water-walking spiders, mosquitoes, insects, dragonflies darting here and there,  

Hungry fish leap catching mouthfuls of hovering fat insects and mosquitoes.

Little birds skimming across the surface catching their alfresco meals on wings,

Ducks, swans, pelicans paddling, preening feathers, eying likely meals beneath.


Long-toed swamp-hens wading and searching for tasty insects, seeds and more,

Protruding rocks occasioned by wet cormorants air-drying their outstretched wings.

Fallen trees make convenient bird resting posts and bridges for small creatures, 

Tropical riverbanks sees crocodiles sunning or in the water lurking just beneath.


Large rivers such as the Murray, Darling, Goulburn, Yarra names I learnt in school,

Sees boating people, waterskiers, and swimmers jubilating on our waterways,

Children frolicking along the wider river banks and picnicking on sunny days ...and

Locals having fun and tourists visiting from countries thousands of kilometres away.


Waterways, its banks and shores become homes, a food source and leisure places, 

Availed by wildlife and people alike…can we live in harmony and share our spaces?

Do we entitle one group to dominate, constantly developing for modern and new?

Auspicious plans to accomodate both groups, will allow fauna and flora to survive.


Planet Earth’s geological shapes and atmospheric surrounds - the spirit of our earth,

The enfolding stars, galaxies, moon and warm life-giving sun for all life to be shared.

Unparalleled life-giving water from streams, rivers, lakes and oceans, …and it’s

Natural cycle from ocean to evaporation, precipitation, snow, remains in perpetuity. 



by Carola Hume / Oct 2018

© 2019 Carola


Author's Note

Carola
I've been writing this epic poem on & off for months now .....& finally gave birth to it !!
Is it too long do you think ?

Ps. In case someone wants to know, the photo is of the Murray River at Heading's Cliff near Renmark and Paringa, South Australia. click on the photo to enlarge.
photo credit : ILYA GENKIN. WWW.GENKIN.ORG

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Don’t you cut a thing... I kept thinking, as I was reading through, ah, there. That’s what writing is supposed,to be about. The joy of literature. Not Twitter. Not sound bites. The free rein of storytelling in which the narrator is touching their heart to yours.

I might make a couple of minor suggestions.

L9. compels should be compel
L12 It’s should read Its

But beyond that, I would leave it as is.

I’ve seen the Yarra River, you know, had tea alongside it. I’ve seen that side of the South China Sea and the Tasmanian Sea, with its tiny penguins. Your wildlife is handsome, and uniquely Australian.

Now I’m padding off to bed thinking of Oz. :):)

Night!

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Carola

9 Months Ago

having some problems posting.
i will make those amendments you suggested, thank you for revi.. read more



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This is an epic narrative Carola. I can tell you love water and everything in it, as much as I do. You are definitely a lover of nature. This is a feast of descriptive writing, and you took me to many places. You gave me some spectacular imagery. You have enough material in this epic write for at least three poems but the call is yours. Long or shorter, it is the detail that I enjoyed so much. A wonderful read.

Chris

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Carola

5 Months Ago

you mean break up the poem ? or write new smaller poems, that thought has never even occurred to me... read more
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Hi Carola, no I didn't mean breaking up this poem. The poem is written. What I meant is that you hav.. read more
Don’t you cut a thing... I kept thinking, as I was reading through, ah, there. That’s what writing is supposed,to be about. The joy of literature. Not Twitter. Not sound bites. The free rein of storytelling in which the narrator is touching their heart to yours.

I might make a couple of minor suggestions.

L9. compels should be compel
L12 It’s should read Its

But beyond that, I would leave it as is.

I’ve seen the Yarra River, you know, had tea alongside it. I’ve seen that side of the South China Sea and the Tasmanian Sea, with its tiny penguins. Your wildlife is handsome, and uniquely Australian.

Now I’m padding off to bed thinking of Oz. :):)

Night!

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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This comment has been deleted by the poster.
Carola

9 Months Ago

having some problems posting.
i will make those amendments you suggested, thank you for revi.. read more
A wonderful poem shared dear Carola. I hope we learn. We share the wind, we share the water and we share the earth. I hope we learn ASAP. Thank you for sharing the powerful and worthwhile poetry.
Coyote

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Carola

10 Months Ago

thanks for stopping by to read & comment coyote 🙂
Coyote Poetry

9 Months Ago

I liked this poem and you are welcome Carola.

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Added on October 7, 2018
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Carola

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i'm a retired commercial pilot now in my 70's. my hobbies are feeding wild birds, painting and poetry & writing complaint emails to politicians about their frequently stupid policies and decisions... more..

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