Water’s Obligation

A waterfall only has a name
while it falls,
A river only has a name
while it runs.
We flee, drop, lose things – so flawed.
But rain rinses our hair
with its passing name, its fresh.
Feel a river glisten your curls
with rippling rivulets.
Water’s unwavering obligation
to gravity,
it finds the lowest place
and goes there always.
Feel yourself flee, freefall;
believe you will be caught.
Strong arms to hold you
safe at wishing well’s end.

5 comments on “Water’s Obligation

  1. katytaylor says:

    beautiful! collage it?

  2. i am honored.
    collage it is a great idea!

  3. Daniel Proudfoot says:

    very evocative way of expressing the openness of the world. each moment of life may have thousands times thousands of names depending on our acceptance of the “thing” we recognize as in front of us. it is not true that our minds fashion reality but it is also not true that they don’t. our need to be pragmatic binds us to forms of seeing that may have outlasted their usefulness. our emotional habits tend to intercept our perception of the world and color our experience in shades of grey.

    • Mary MacGowan says:

      daniel, i see your response as a poem:

      the openness of the world.
      each moment of life may have thousands times thousands of names
      depending on our acceptance of the “thing” we recognize
      as in front of us.

      it is not true that our minds fashion reality
      but it is also not true that they don’t. our need
      to be pragmatic binds us to forms of seeing
      that may have outlasted their usefulness.

      our emotional habits tend to intercept
      our perception
      of the world
      and color our experience
      in shades of grey.

      thank you!

  4. Daniel Proudfoot says:

    so interesting, playing with the spacing and run of the words brings out much meaning. i appreciate that.

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