River of Time

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River of Time

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There’s no reversal

for the river of time

 rushing into tomorrow

 its destiny to find

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Forever flowing forward

between banked years

some joy-filled adventures

 others wet with tears

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Our lives build no dam

to halt its marching on

We all fall as leaves

 to where each soul belongs

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Others have journeyed

 shorter runs than I

 it’s not my place to question

or waste thoughts on why

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Some rivers are shallow

 and lead through valleys wide

with paths along its shoreline

 and old cedars on each side

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Others tell treacherous

 cliffs and jagged rocks

with deep undercurrents

 o’er waterfalls to drop

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Whatever wild river

we find ourselves within

 look back not wistfully

 where we’ll ne’er be again.

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Wendy/2013

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Ian and I happened upon this river trail…

while looking for another one.

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We had it all to ourselves.

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Only the Lord was present with us.

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The wind had warned others away.

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But we’ve lived further north with wilder winds

and hadn’t given it a thought.

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An old stump becomes a mossy mushroom garden.

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This years leaves join with last years to become new earth.

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The forest floor is covered with life and decay.

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The cedars have stood still as many years of hikers have walked by.

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Giants are safe in this refuge from the woodcutters.

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Leaves are considered an asset here and not a chore.

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The river offers its water to all living things.

Jesus is the Living Water for all who are thirsty in spirit.

River of Life Blessings ~ Wendy

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I dedicate this poem to a lifelong friend I have back in my hometown.

Selfishly I want her river of time to outlast mine…

as I cannot bear the thought of missing her.

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70 thoughts on “River of Time

  1. Hello my Wendy-Lee, 🙂

    Your poems are always so heart felt!

    So so beautiful and those pictures are breathtaking. The trees really are giants.

    You live in such a beautiful part of our world. Hope all your family are well! Hugs from Oz, Paula xxx

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  2. This whole post, pictures, poem and extra comments touched me. I’m old enough to be slowing down, but I thrill to the thought that maybe in the decay of my life some life might rise, maybe even a mushroom. And the rot on the forest floor takes time to be useful, and then feeds some incredible beauty. May God bless any small faithfulness to bring even small returns, even so small as to hide in the small growth beneath us.
    Peace

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    1. I agree, dear friend, that it is a joyful thought that our time here may leave behind hope for beauty. A legacy that lives on to encourage others to draw closer to the Creator is my desire (and I suspect yours too).

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  3. Aub and I looked at this together and I read it to her. We were so blessed to think about the River of Life .. .and she especially loved the tree photos and the mushrooms! Thank you Wendy, and God bless you every turn of the way!

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  4. Oh Wendy! What a beautiful poem, a real gem! And the photographs are simply stunning, every single one.

    What a beautiful dedication to your friend. I hope both yours and her rivers of time flow for a vey long time..

    Blessings
    Christine

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  5. Every time I read one of your posts, I don’t want to leave. I just want to hang around for a little while and enjoy the scenery while the words soak in. You have a gift… (((hugs)))

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  6. Hi Wendy–your photos are awesome, as always–and your poem strikes just the right chord for me. I know what you mean about wanting certain people to outlive you. God bless you BIG–love, sis Caddo

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  7. Beautiful words and images Wendy. Looking at that river and pondering on your words, the movie “A River Runs Through It” came to mind. So much you said could be related to the pathos and the lives of the characters. Lovely post.

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  8. Wendy, I am deeply touched by your words and inviting images. Thank you. As Spirit often has it, my coming here is synchronous. I haved recently posted a poem on aging which relates to your dedication, especially.

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      1. By the way, I meant to write, ‘but FOR the lord’:-) Actually, when I committed more to my writing a few years back, I altered the words to a famous Hymn, and sometimes, to remind myself why I write, I sing it. My words are, ‘I really want to write for you my Lord, you’ve given me this gift and I am yours, forever and ever, I will serve you…’ etc. The original Hymn is called ‘you laid aside your majesty’. I’m not a practicing Christian, but I love that hymn…Blessings, Harula xxx

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