Wednesday, November 11, 2015

River of my Soul

















Embarking on a soul journey
paddling my canoe down river
to a place I have seen before
carrying a bow and quivers
I have sojourned  these waters
in my endless dreams...

Tis here the honey colored moon
plants kisses on tall green pines
as the sun gently bids goodnight
searching for you, exploring signs
I have sojourned these waters
in my endless dreams...

Following a shooting star
light shining across a night sky
drifting into the depth of my soul

I have stood on mossy riverbanks
the water lilies and I have grieved
in patience and stillness waited
with each drumbeat, I believed
I have sojourned these waters
in my endless dreams...

Slicing through mighty rapids
riding currents, paddles ready
red tail hawk, flies overhead
calming my heart,  be steady
I have sojourned these waters
in my endless dreams...

Following a shooting star
light shining across a night sky
drifting into the depth of my soul

Brother bear dances for me
to the  shaman healing song
as I float with red salmon
mystic haze, trees march along
I have sojourned these waters
in my endless dreams...

leave your moccasins behind
come run barefoot with me
marking trails, leaving imprints
for seven generations to see
I have sojourned these waters
in my endless dream...

following a shooting star
light shining across a night sky
drifting into the depth of my soul
  


for Poets United writing River Poems
photo courtesy National Geographic.com

52 comments:

  1. I have sojourned these waters
    in my endless dreams...

    Beautiful lines... its ringing in my mind :D :D

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  2. What a beautiful journey. You took me with you.

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  3. This is such a visually beautiful poem, full of gorgeous images I pictured as I read. I love brother bear dancing, the red salmon, the shaman's healing song........your journey is one with which I resonate deeply.

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    1. Hi Sherry,

      Yes, I think we both hear those drums..they keep calling..

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  4. Quite the journey along the shores as the waters heal and teach along the way.

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    1. Hi Pat,

      The never ending journey as I call it..learning a bit more each day..

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  5. Your poem reminds me of the Langston Hughes river poem as it doesn't just invoke the river but kinship with the population that lived in relationship with it. Perhaps the speaker is truly related, perhaps it is--as repeated--a fantasy--but I love that level of compassion and oneness. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Susan, I have journeyed on this river in my dreams but, it feels more than just a dream I feel connected.

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  6. What a beautiful contemplation of rivers, Truedessa. You have made 'sojourning' those waters a wonderful gift. I enjoyed the repeated lines as well....made us focus on the message!

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    1. Thank you Mary, when I saw the prompt it just spoke to me as I have traveled in that canoe perhaps, in another lifetime..who knows..

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  7. What a beautiful poem with such a pang of the past that took me back to my childhood running free in the woods and wading through rivers and feeling at one with the world.

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    1. Thank you Old Egg...well it is good to remember that inner child.

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  8. So many images..the one that stuck with me is the grieving with the water lilies..poignant.

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    1. Thank you, that line I actually felt ...

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  9. yours is a river I do not recognise - so different in imagery - so magical and wild - but we both left our mocassins behind I see!
    will always be reminded of your lines when I see the Nymphéas:
    "the water lilies and I have grieved
    in patience and stillness waited"

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    1. Hi,

      I think we both had the need to feel the water/earth under our feet to feel the presence of something greater.

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  10. We have great respect for the waterways to see to its continued well-being. It is noble to seek a sojourn of its presence all along the way! Classic write Truedessa!

    Hank

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    1. Thanks Hank,

      I live near a river and every morning on the way to work I cross the bridge and some mornings it is breathtaking.

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  11. this is truly a dream journey, beautiful...

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    1. thank you, the prompt was inspiring..

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  12. Endless dreams are the best - waking up is the bear - so we think! a wonderful poem full of wisdom and knowing

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    1. Thank Jae Rose - I agree Endless Dreams are the best...

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  13. Truedessa, I really love the way you know your surroundings so well. I also love it that you made it into a song. couldn't help but admire it forever. loved it!!!

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    1. Thanks James, so nice you saw and heard it as a song! smiling..

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  14. This was such a lovely journey!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the journey Carol..always glad to have company

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  15. Your lines have such an epic, mythic feel. A really great poem.

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  16. I like the rhythm and repetition in this. I think the first stanza could stand by itself as well. Lovely. Thank you for reading and commenting on my poem as well.

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    1. Hi Peggy, you are welcome I enjoy your blog..

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  17. Hey Truedessa,

    I totally understand you've been um, eagerly waiting for one of my much loved comments, or something like that. Thus, my kind friend at gone two in the morning, finally, yes, finally, I'm here :)

    Such a poetic, thoughtful river of consciousness, Drifting along in a canoe of contentment....

    Take care, my friend,

    Gary :)

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    1. Hi Gary,

      Of course I have been awaiting your visit. Two in the morning you are up late, perhaps you should drift into that river of dreams to the sound of some "moody blues"

      Thanks for visiting...

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    2. Make that three in the morning.

      "Gives in return a wondrous yearn
      Of a promise almost seen
      Live hand-in-hand
      And together we'll stand
      On the threshold of a dream...."

      Goodnight and good morning from England....

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    3. On the threshold of a dream...now that is an excellent choice..

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    4. Gary!
      Never scary
      Always flairy

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    5. Some Moody Blues...

      I've got a dream
      And, every night, I said to myself,
      Yeah, I said I gotta share it,

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    6. Every night I fall asleep knowing I won't remember my dreams. The docs say I do dream... Sleep tight, True. Raising my blue suede hat for you.

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    7. True and Blue
      How be you?
      I see you
      Yes I do
      In empathy
      The focus be
      Friends beyond the screen
      Embracing a peaceful dream

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  18. How very beautiful; and I love your repetitions.

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    1. Hi Rosemary,

      Thank you for your kind words..

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  19. I wonder what it's like to live a dream, to dream a life...

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    1. hmm...I wonder what that is like too Blue would they be different or much the same just on different planes of reality.

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    2. Maybe one day we'll figure it out.

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    3. May it be so Blue...and may it be everything we hoped...

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  20. I love the use of the word 'sojourned'. What a great and yet underutilized word. And I'm definitely ready to shed my shoes and run barefoot after reading these lovely words.

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    1. Well, take off your shoes and run before the snow falls. It can be so liberating. Have a great week guys!

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    2. Just don't step on my blue suede shoes when you start running. :p

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    3. Just don't step on my blue suede shoes when you start running. :p

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    4. Hey Blue,

      But don't you
      Step on my blue suede shoes
      You can do anything
      But stay off of my blue suede shoes

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