Thursday, July 20, 2017

"hello, river" by Ross Balcom

hello, river
Ross Balcom

1.
hello, river
I greet the waterway

I am a man
arrived at its banks

and I would know
its winding wyrd

2.
I am the lurker
in the cattails

though naked,
I am no pervert

I am 
the Angel of the Rushes

3.
I have the feet of a frog
devolution's gift

for I can swim 
mightily

I am the dripping athlete
at your daughter's door

4.
a job applicant,
I reek of river

I hand you this portfolio
of marsh grass

in the expectation
you will not hire me

5.
fish sing their scales
their glad tunes rise

multicolored suns
the light, the water

this is the eternal 
shimmer

6. 
and shimmer, 
shimmer me

I would be the light
of the river

I would be the dawn
flowing

7.
around every bend
a new me

my serial selves
the river

has multiplied me
ye gods

8.
resolved again
into one man

I walk 
riverside

into sunset
feet big as folly

9.
the ever-changing river
always a stranger

and a friend
greeting me anew

each moment
I call it Hello River

10.
river, hello

Poet's Notes: I wrote this poem after a recent riverside walk.  I dedicate it to the rivers of the world and to all who love them. 

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