Thursday, November 19, 2015


Braun Super Paxette - Swindon - Below Liddington Hill
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If you start with an idea of a river
You will find yourself stranded
in the middle of a field,
your eyes closed,
your ear to the ground.
Maybe she is down there, flowing unseen.
You can believe what you like,
but ideas won’t take you home
when your only means of transport
is that flimsy raft.

2015 November PAD Challenge, Day 18

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Haunted Field

long vehicle
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The Haunted Field

They say there is a river
right here.
It flows underground.
It is angry and wild.
Maybe you can hear it
if you lie very still
and close your eyes.

2015 November PAD Challenge, Day 16

Ode to the river, the river is for birds

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Ode to the river, the river is for birds
to map their way home
when darkness sets.

2015 November PAD Challenge, Day 17

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Our Darkness
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The moon is full.
You wash your face.
You have been crying.
You walk in, slowly,
fully clothed.
I don’t like this.
I am helpless
as I wait
for the inevitable to happen.
I am a river.
There is nothing I can do,
but participate.
You submerge yourself fully.
A baptism, indeed.
All your sins, washed away.
What sins are those, I wonder,
that require this penance.

2015 November PAD Challenge, Day 15

The River Remembers

Cuando el río suena...
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The River Remembers

Every day I am reborn
in a cave, where the sun doesn't shine.
Every day I die,
swallowed up whole
by a hungry sea.
Every day I run under that bridge.
I say hello
and I say goodbye.

2015 November PAD Challenge, Day 13

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Scary River

I scare myself
every day.
Every morning I wear a different face.
Sometimes I am a monster.
Wild and dangerous,
I take lives
and destroy crops.
Sometimes I am a ghost of a river,
a brook,
fading out,

2015 November PAD Challenge, Day 14

Thursday, November 12, 2015

River, After the Rains

A Many Splendored Day - Cloudburst
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River, After the Rains

You knew the rains would come,
so why these tears.
You knew
the water would grow
and things would get to be
a little wild.
You knew there would be
mud everywhere.
You say you feel
out of control now.
The same sentimental nonsense
every year.

2015 November PAD Challenge, Day 12