Mountain and river

Some say the answer
is at the top of a mountain:
at the peak
lives a wizard
with all the answers
to all the questions.

I tend to feel
more connected to something
at the shore of a river
more exactly
on an island in the middle
where I can watch
passages to and from
the ocean:
pass to the ocean
for a jolt of life;
pass inland for
a place to use it.

As for a mountain
it gives you perspective
you can get nowhere else:
how far down in the valley
we all live.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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4 Responses to Mountain and river

  1. drew says:

    awesome. the last four lines of the second stanza were my favorite parts. I like it a lot and the many meanings it could have. last stanza, perfect ending..

  2. riverwriter says:

    Thanks, Drew. I’ll probably be writing more on the subject. Every time I go out to British Columbia, I am overwhelmed by the verticals. I am posting photos of the trip in my other blog, Platinum River, at

  3. drew says:

    i like those pics a lot. I especially like (like you said) the contrast of the snow and the flowers in bloom; and then the reflection of the purples in the window over the snow

  4. riverwriter says:

    Yes: I like them too. I have over 200 photos from the trip; I plan to post a bunch, probably two at a time in platinum river over the next week or two. One of the photos I am looking forward to posting is the shot of the “drawbridge” docks at Lost Lake, basis for “Lost Lake”, which I published here a few days ago.

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