19 May
Art Credit: Lizzy Forrester

Art Credit: Lizzy Forrester

Originally published 13 years ago in the (now defunct) New Works Review,┬árevived here in response to this week’s prompt, “Flow“, at One Single Impression.


The river sings of its rocks, mirrors
emerald and jade where summer
shadows attempt to outrun
sundown. I intrude, I presume.

I stand near the middle. The second cut
of hay is on the banks, neatly ordered
in rows this time of year, golden,
measuring the march-step toward August.

I think about changes: the movement
of sand through narrow places, how
a ripple diminishes downstream,
how a sound sounds when it stops.

9 Responses to “CROSSING (for OSI)”

  1. Ramesh Sood May 19, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    Awesome and how much I enjoyed..reading and then rereading and then again…the “Sound” took me far away somewhere…trying to show if it was a sound at all..

    Loved it..


  2. vandana sharma May 19, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Lovely how a sound sounds when its gone…..never thought about it…

  3. Jess May 19, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    I really enjoyed those words Ron.I love water,streams,rivers.I like to watch the movement and to just wonder and dream,think Im turning into a bit of a dreamer :-)

  4. Stewie May 19, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Beautiful then- Beautiful once again…

    • Ron. May 19, 2013 at 8:06 am #

      Takes one to know one, my beauty.

  5. Geraldine May 19, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Wonderful words Ron, so evocative. Definitely worthy of an encore.

  6. judyt54 May 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    the line does me in. “how a sound sounds when it stops’. perfect, m’dear. perfect. you could make a meal in the Zen of that.

  7. Jim May 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    A thinking person’s setting and thoughts for a long moment. I could identify with the second cutting of hay but the sound of sound stopping had me think a bunch.

    Thank you for peeking in on my OSI. Again, here, I am sorry to be so very late in returning.

  8. viv blake May 23, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Ron, this is gorgeous – my favourite kind of poem.

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