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

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

  3. 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. Beautiful then- Beautiful once again…

    1. Takes one to know one, my beauty.

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

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

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