A River’s Journey

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Meandering endlessly and aimlessly it seems

Infinitely chasing the horizon downstream

The river faces its journey to the ocean out to the west

Bringing much attention to itself, without taking a rest

Being fed from above by mountain run-off far away

Roaming bank full and quickly with not much to say

A friendly, gentle breeze offers cool, fresh air

Bubbles rising up from a muskrat that doesn’t care

At times, the journey is surrounded by a background of trees

Arriving softly, the whispering wind says, “Please let me be”

Green, lush meadows encroach upon its rocky shore

While early spring flowers burst with color and more

Young willows grow along the river’s flank

Tree roots hide invisible below the bank

A large, brown trout rises gracefully above the bubbling water

Meanwhile downstream, mischief abounds with a pair of otters

An isolated cottonwood tree stands as a lone lookout

While a hungry grizzly bear wades in to pull a fish out

Sparkles of dancing light, reflected by the bright sun

Provide opportunities for fishermen, casting for their fun

The sound of splashes from a pair of wooden oars

Announces the arrival of a canoe searching for more

A small island appears on the bend ahead—quiet and barren

There is always fascination with what nature is wearing 

Pushing ahead, an overloaded creek empties its raging load

The water’s own noises sometimes sound like a chorus of toads

Continuing to drive ahead towards the setting sun

The ageless river welcomes the end of its long run


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