The river gleams dully
between trees and gate,
tossing tethered boats,
setting ropes a-jingle as they wait
to be released among hissing reeds
and creaking willows.
A whistling whirr of wings
underscores a skein
of honking geese
unravelling across high
clouds, broken by the raucous cry
of a black-headed gull,
a permanent marker
in a grey March sky.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Tuesday Poetics – River
This Tuesday, Paul Dear is our guest host, with poems about rivers. He says that the river is a place of work and play, and it is also a metaphor for a journey. ‘River’ is a noun, but could also be used as a verb or adjective.
Paul has shared some examples with us, to get our poetic rivers flowing: ‘The River of Bees’ by William Stanley Merwin and ‘Ask Me’ by William Stafford.