I Am A River

Angela (Alex) Weddle's PaintingSan Antonio Riverwalk #1
Angla (Alex) Weddle

I Am A River

I am a deep river
entangled and flowing free

murky dark
and sparkling with light

sometimes hidden from view
other times flowing for all to see

at my deepest
I am cold, swift, and overpowering

but I curve gently at the bend
and dance with the edges

most times I allow you
to float safely on me

Connecting this evening with Red Wolf Poems and dVerse Poets Pub.  Red Wolf offered Weddle ‘s painting San Antonio Riverwalk #1 as this week’s prompt; and of course this is open link night at dVerse.  To both, I offer my poem I Am A River.



About Sabra Bowers

Poet / Blogger / Writer
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58 Responses to I Am A River

  1. Good word choice to match the painting.

  2. Mary says:

    I really enjoyed my one visit to the San Antonio Riverwalk. Your poem made me realize that a human is much like a river in many ways.

  3. Grace says:

    I love the gentle rhythm of the river ~ A lovely read, thanks ~

  4. kaykuala says:

    Just as someone who is sure of his bearing. Yes, one needs to be strong and gentle at the same time. Wonderful write Sanbra!


  5. Irene says:

    I love the paradoxes of the river.

  6. Pamela says:

    Sabra, yes, only sometimes do we allow others that liberty of floating on us. Very nice read for me this evening. Thank you.


  7. Sherry Marr says:

    Oh, how I love this poem! The contrasts, in rivers, as in people. I especially like “I curve gently at the bend and dance with the edges.” Lovely.

  8. brian miller says:

    ha that last bit made me smile…

    most times, but not always…ha

    love the extended metaphor of this…

  9. claudia says:

    oh nice… i would so love to jump into this river and just let me carry a bit… that would be wonderful… love that you showed both – the depth and light-hearted dancing side of it

  10. Gabriella says:

    I like how you used the river as a metaphor and the idea that no one is either all good or all bad.

  11. Lovely. Sweet, marked with colors of human life. An enjoyable read.

  12. vivchook says:

    I loved this – I took it as a metaphor of a person. The complexity of one with deep primal reactions, rarely seen, superficially gentle and calm, enticing. An interesting person to take a ride though life with. Of course, I could be wrong, but it was beautiful imagery, Sabra. Thank you. – Vivienne, of OneVoicePoetry.

    • Sabra Bowers says:

      Thank you, Vivienne. Reading your comment, I’m struck with your beautiful writing. And you are correct; my poem describes a river and a person, not a particular one, but in general. I appreciate your visit.

  13. Having the power of a river is a responsibility indeed, and something others often don’t respect. I speak literally and figuratively. Those who are deep and quiet will roar when tested. I really, really enjoyed this, Sabra.

    • Sabra Bowers says:

      So glad you enjoyed my poem and I appreciate your thoughtful comment. Yes, they will roar when tested, just as a quiet river roars when it meets rough places. 🙂

  14. Truedessa says:

    I enjoyed the flow of your words as I drifted down the river.

  15. Imelda says:

    Your poem is as pretty and languid as a river sparkling under the sun. 🙂

  16. scotthastiepoet says:

    Greetings Sabra – I agree with Imelda, you achieve a lovely fluidity here that matches your topic perfectly… With Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastie.com

  17. K. A. Brace says:

    Reblogged this on The Mirror Obscura and commented:
    A very well written poem. Excellent use of your subject. >KB

  18. What a wonderful metaphor, Sabra. I live near a river. They never cease to teach us. Right now, after 3 years of drought in Northern Nevada, things are a bit still. But still alive. Like the seasons of our lives, I suppose.

  19. Reblogged this on The Man of Letters and commented:

  20. Mark Spruill says:

    Nice. I especially liked the line about dancing with the edges.

  21. julespaige says:

    I remember creeks in the country – they seemed quite a bit clearer than the creek here. Maybe it is due to the elevation? I like your last stanza – as I can see the progress of the growing goslings and their parents floating gently by this spring into summer.

    Thanks for stopping by. ~Jules

  22. Lisa says:

    Wow Sabra, your beautiful poetry speaks to me on so many levels. Thank you for ‘writing for wholeness’.

  23. The metaphor of a person as a river is very strong.. and there are also those raving rivers cutting deep canyons — leaving impressions but also scars — charisma of those rivers particularly enchanting and dangerous.

  24. Sabra Bowers says:

    Bjorn, I like your mention of scars being left by rivers, and we know, left by people too. Thanks for visiting!

  25. Poet Laundry says:

    Rivers and people…yes, they do have so much in common! Nicely done Sabra.

  26. The river can be such a metaphor for so many facets of life. This is beautifully written, Sabra!

  27. Sabra, thanks for commenting at my blog! Yes, Riley is a great daughter who is now 25 and just graduated with an art degree from Laguna Institute in CA. She is so talented. Her site, should you care to check it out, is http://www.paintburger.com.

    I know this stretch of water! Played on the Riverwalk at Stefania’s, jazz. I love your description of the river in all its various phases of movement. And, as my friend Hannah says, it is a metaphor for life with ITS OWN currents and eddies… That painting really caught the atmosphere. My friend Bob Fancher has a flower shop by the RiverWalk! Thanks again, your new friend and fan, Amy

  28. Sabra Bowers says:

    I see that Riley is a talented artist! I wish her much success. Thanks for leaving her link for me. 🙂 What fun to know that you know this Riverwalk intimately. Once I started writing my poem, I realized what a perfect metaphor the river was. The poem flowed out, whole. So glad you visited and left me a comment, Amy. 🙂

  29. I love your poem and interpretation of my painting. Thank you! 🙂

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