Thursday, September 4, 2014

POETRY FRIDAY: A Walk Along the River

Thanks to Laura at Author Amok for hosting Poetry Friday this week!
 
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One of my favorite local spots is the Riverwalk Trail in Rock Hill, SC. This local gem is a beautiful paved trail that winds through the woods alongside a section of the Catawba River, an ever-changing stretch of water whose mood is determined by the release of the dam a few miles upstream. On any given day, you can find walkers, runners, bikers, moms with strollers, kayakers, river tubers, nature lovers, and more alongside or on the river. There is also a variety of wildlife to see along the trail, if you keep your eyes and ears open.   
 On a recent morning walk, I was struck by the poetic nature of the river path—it’s people, animals, sights, and sounds. By the end of my walk, I had a good start to the poem below. I hope you enjoy!   

RIVERWALK
 
River walk, river run
River sparkles in the sun
 
River run, river race
Pounding feet keep steady pace
 
River race, river roll
Babies slumber, mamas stroll
 
River roll, river ride
Water lovers splash and glide

River ride, river flow
Rising, falling, swift and slow
 
River flow, river roar
Turtles plummet, eagles soar
 
River roar, river song
Humming, thrumming, drumming strong
 
River song, river home
Calling back all those who roam
 
Happy Friday, and Happy Writing! 

51 comments:

  1. Beautiful last line to this poem, Becky! We're having a late burst of heat in Maryland, but it's almost time for fall hiking.

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    1. Thank you!! I did some pre-fall hiking in the NC mountains last weekend. I am looking forward to cooler temps and fall color, too!

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  2. This would make a great picture book, Becky! I want to be there :-)

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha. I am very thankful for this Carolina treasure!

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  3. You're lucky to have such a beautiful place to walk, Becky. I love how the rhythm moves like the river, and your rhymes are terrific. I'd love to take a walk there!

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  4. Becky, I was in Connecticut this week delivering professional development on Fishers Island and passed many beautiful rivers. Your poem captures the feeling of those who enjoy the river's call.If this photo is a summer shot, I would like to place it and the poem in the Summer Serenity Gallery at http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2014/06/summertimes-alluring-call-to-relax.html or http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2014/08/summer-serenity-photo-essay-unfolds-in.html. I am unveiling the gallery this weekend (hopefully) so please let me know if you are interested.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol. I would be honored to be included in the Summer Serenity Gallery! These pics were taken last week, and it is still very much summer here in SC! = )

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    2. Becky, thanks for your collaborative spirit.

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  5. Enjoyed your poem, Becky! Lovely images and I got caught up in the rhythm and flow . . . :)

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  6. Thank you for the comment:) The place is fantastic and the poem is beautiful,love it :)

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  7. Beautiful scenery and beautiful poem, Becky. I love the flowing nature of the poem, each stanza building on the last. = )

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  8. Lovely photos and poem, Becky. I think walking and writing go hand-in-hand.

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    1. Yes! I will have to try this more often! = )

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  9. Wow, I loved this poem. Especially the way you linked each stanza to the one before it. I like how you bookended it with the photos of the river trail and then the river itself.

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  10. Becky - another wonderful piece and beautiful poem! I love the idea of freedom wandering, yet being called back to the fold that your words whisper to me...

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  11. Lovely. I could "see" the images, beyond the photos you posted. (Love those also)

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    1. Thanks, Mirka! It is a busy, busy place most mornings.

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  12. Just lovely...I'm thinking picture book, too!

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    1. Hmmm...I'm liking this picture book idea! = )

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  13. Becky,
    This is great! I really liked the pattern that carried from stanza to stanza. Fun to read and very clever!

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  14. Agree with one of the comments above. This would be a great picture book! I really loved this poem! :-)

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  15. Beautiful! Love the rhythm and set up of this poem. Paints a beautiful, beautiful picture!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! Hope to see you at the SCWBI conference in two weeks! = )

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  16. Hello there Becky, I so love the sound and sight and smell of the river, thank you for bringing this place alive to us through your words.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Myra. It is an inspiring place!

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  17. What everyone else said, but mostly I second your brilliant use of the winding flow of the repeated words that carry the reader and the eye from stanza to stanza. Huzzah! Well done!

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  18. Lovely and so are the photos. I could imagine being there :)

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    1. Thanks, Catherine. I am glad you enjoyed it! = )

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  19. How lucky you are to have such an inspiring place to roam in. Beautiful poem...it read like a river flows.

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  20. I really liked those last two lines -- what is is about a river that calls and anchors us?

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    1. That is a beautiful way to put it, Karen--a river definitely "calls and anchors us." Love this!

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  21. A beautiful poem, Becky! It definitely does have picture book potential. I can feel the pace of your walking as you wrote this in your head. The poem has a great sense of movement as you reflect on all your observations. I also love how you brought it home in the end.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I was actually walking as I "wrote" the first draft, which is probably why it seems to have a pace to it! = )

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  22. Gosh, love your river poem, Becky. It's like a picture book for me.

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  23. I would love to walk alongside that river one day. I very much enjoyed the poem and the beautiful picture.

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  24. I love the photos. Your poem has strong visual imagery and a haunting rhythm. Congrats!

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