Some rivers run wild and deep

That which gives life
            can also take it away
Life, a fragile balance between that which attempts to hold our attention
            and what we hold, on the inside
We learn, if life (or death) does not first consume us,
            that we can only hold so much
In our bodies, over fifty percent is contained, but in our hands
            it shall never remain
Through our fingers it flows;
            more spilled, the tighter we hold

            ***

Predictable seasons; for some barely a rock tumbles
            only one side worn by the relentless running
            the flipside, cemented, not changed by time
            is covered in variations and imperfections
            wild edges left untouched by steady and calm

For others, the flowing current can reveal extremes
            oxygen and hydrogen direct from the heavens
            not filtered through this life’s numbing expectations
            a life force never meant to bob agreeably, complacently, or easily
            can surge like rising rapids or surrender to a pulse, vapid

            ***

The same passion and otherworldly understanding
that flows through some
            can amplify every beam of light and spin suns with its
                        blinding brilliance
            or turn itself inward with a gravitational force stronger than
                        one thousand collapsed suns

🎢 “Feel it in my blood, feel it in my bones… gonna watch it grow” πŸ’ƒπŸ» Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting and reading! Be well. πŸ’— Michele

Photos: my images, Salt River

Β© 2023 MyInspiredLife

115 thoughts on “Some rivers run wild and deep

  1. Timothy Price

    Lovely poem, Michele. The Rio Grande that is practically in my back yard will be ankle deep when it’s running low, yet there are places in will all of a sudden be 8 or 9 feet deep. It’s so unpredictable.

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    1. Well, your comment is a lovely expression, too! 😊 That poem did stir up some intense aliveness, yes. I am certain there are several poem seeds that will grow from that poem. Poetry… what a nourishing gift for the poet and for humanity. Thank you, Jeff. πŸ’–πŸŒ³

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    1. Oh my, I am honored by your loving sentiment, Cindy. That poem was a deep dive into some intense emotions. πŸ’– I am glad for your radiant visit. 🌟 I sure love this poetry stuff… feeling, writing, and connecting. πŸ’ž

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  2. Beautiful photos and words to inspire the start of my day.
    “Through our fingers it flows;
    more spilled, the tighter we hold”
    Wonderful.
    The last stanza wraps us all within to explode without
    Magical Michele πŸ€—

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  3. Oh my, Michele my Belle, this is an awesome ebb and flow of words that delightfully dance on our connection with life and living. But girlfriend, πŸ‘πŸΌ I love this:

    “in our hands
    it shall never remain
    Through our fingers it flows;
    more spilled, the tighter we hold”

    Girl, this stirs such warmth in my spirit and what a fabulous read this was. Thanks so much my dear friend for spreading the love and sharing your spark of beauty in our lives today. ✨πŸ₯°πŸŒŸ May the rest of your weekend be as magical as you are! πŸ§™πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ™†πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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    1. Ebb and flow. Nice! Ooh yeah, you picked a good one! Thank you, Kymbelina. May that warmth last through the twilight. Creating and sharing enriches my life in ways I never could have imagined. πŸ’– Thanks for being a part of that joy and for sharing your work. πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

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      1. Oh girlfriend, you warm my heart in more ways than I could imagine. I truly love the way you are capturing the essence of life and living, through spiritual and magical nuances. Thank you my Dancing Queen! πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’–πŸ’ƒπŸΌ Enjoy the rest of your evening Michele my Belle! πŸ€—πŸŒΊπŸ˜Š

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      1. With the gentle wisdom of your heart , you pen a most invaluable post. Without doubt your heart feels most deeply about things that matter the most to human society and go about it with a sense of artistic expression! That is quintessentially you πŸ€— a blessing for us.

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      2. My heart is definitely feeling your gracious sentiment. I am blessed by your outpouring of compassion. πŸ’— This platform enriches my life – by having a place to share whatever inspires and connect with creatives like you, twirling words with stardust across the dark sky! 🌠 Thank you. πŸ€—

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  4. What a thought provoking and well observed piece of writing Michelle! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ˜ Particularly liked these lines: πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

    “We learn, if life (or death) does not first consume us,
    that we can only hold so much…”

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  5. I felt your words, I felt their emotions, Michele. Such a beautiful write along with the stunning images. And these lines…”Life, a fragile balance between that which attempts to hold our attention and what we hold, on the inside” ring so true!
    I truly love this gorgeous, thought-provoking poem, appealing to all the senses. I want to be there, gazing at the water, listening to the flow and the silence, contemplating…❀️

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      1. You are most welcome, Lauren. I enjoy supporting independent artists. I hope you find the review to your satisfaction. Thanks a million for ordering our book – such a special project for me and Sam. I wrote the first poem, “Curves” at the start of my writing journey over three years ago. That poem launched the three collections. Thanks again! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’—

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      2. Hi Michele, I just woke up, sipping my cup of coffee, and read your lovely review. It’s as charming as my book was to you. Thank you again! I’m glad you enjoyed reading through my memories, joyful, sad, and humorous. And thanks for the backstory to your collections. I look forward to reading. My pile is growing, and hopefully, won’t tip over anytime soon. Have a lovely day! πŸ₯°πŸ’ž

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    1. Happy Monday to you Danielle! I am glad for your visit and your enjoyment of my shares. Beyond the photo, there is something quite special about being in the peaceful desert. As long as it isn’t summer, of course! πŸ₯΅πŸŒ΅πŸ˜† Have a great week!

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      1. Danielle

        I know when the heat and the snakes come out that’s when I tire of the desert terrain! 🐍 😬 hope you have a great week as well!

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  6. So wonderful nature and awesome river , there standing so fearless dear you as well,
    And the song so nice to hear and you written poem expressing the reality of life , so much
    Gracefully and true lines πŸŒΉπŸ™βœοΈπŸ₯° Grace wishes dear friend πŸ™ have a lovely Day to you πŸ’•

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  7. A really lovely poem that, for me, tied so poignantly into the current events and earthen upheaval in Turkey and Syria in a way that reflected the landscape and tides of nature . . . loving so much the final lines! ❀

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    1. You do have a way of making poignant and elevated connections. Those final lines began with the obvious phrase, black hole. I rewrote it. Sometimes it’s best to describe things vs. stating the obvious. Thank you for appreciating, writer Layla. πŸ’—

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