The Thames on a Sunday

The Thames on a Sunday

A Poem by Peyton James
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"I laid to rest my guitar on the river bank. Sand and silt filled the scars on its body and suppressed the last odes that could pass through its strings."

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I sat beside the Thames on a Sunday,

The fling of my feet was a childish reflection,

The rotting wood pier a mirror of a stage,

But this time, the balcony held only Chevys

Exchanging pigments as they passed me by.


My sole spectator is a murky impression,

A visage of a woman trapped in the current

With her two feet tethered to mine at the ankles.


She doesn’t know that this is a funeral,

That I read the eulogy out loud in my head,

The cityscape whistled forgotten hymns,

And the sirens wailed like the echo of church bells

Reaping the moments that bloom and decay.


I laid to rest my guitar on the river bank,

Sand and silt filled the scars on its body

And suppressed the last odes that could pass through its strings.

© 2022 Peyton James


Author's Note

Peyton James
I recently quit the group I had been playing with for the past three years. After the emotions passed, I thought it was time to sit down and write myself a poem.

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Parting is not death, but it is still a loss, and often there will be grief. That is what I think we are seeing in this offering. It is the beginning of a reorientation, a facing of the future when the past is still very much alive. But all things change, and we learn to adapt to the changes.

Posted 3 Days Ago


It is a beautiful ode to letting go and moving forward. The dual image was captivating and really centered this piece. A reflection really says so much in message. A wonderful and heartfelt piece of poetry Peyton. Thank you for sharing.

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Added on August 4, 2022
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Tags: poetry, poem, cityscapes, river, funeral, sad

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Peyton James
Peyton James

London, Ontario, Canada



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