May/June 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 3 Nature’s Nature 2020May 1, 2020 |

Lines about Rivers, Then the Sea

I don’t like to swim in rivers, Their lengths and bends trouble me, If my chest touched against Riverweeds I would panic. No. I don’t like to swim in rivers, But I admire them for being relentless, Even blind rivers buried under cities, Or rivers that run just a few days a year. Some rivers create borders between states and nations. Some rivers stray from their courses Or are dammed from flowing to neighbors. I very much like the word estuary, And the thought of boats at low tide there, And I appreciate how a river divides Pest from Buda, Minneapolis from Saint Paul, Or the banks someone decided were Left and Right. A current is like a river in the sea. When I was small I lived along the beach. When I got caught in a riptide, A passing wave brought me home.

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