The Stream – Lent Thirty`Seven

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter

The Stream of time
flows forward into the future
The flora & the fauna change with time
but the water remains the water & cannot change
And so he flows among us – Life amidst our animation –
rippling gurgling here & there roiling
humming lapping here & there healing
he flows among us with all his toxic grace
But we say ‘he is not the sky / he is not the earth’
and we let him pass into history’s wrinkle
confessing ‘we are not really the children of the water’
In the wasteland of the City the Stream
runs along cobbled beds & banks to cobbled pools
Do stones thirst? Have they a need to drink?
The City has become a cobbled place
for people as well Its economy Its psychology
chipping chipping chipping the coarse edges
of peculiarity until its citizenry fits seamlessly
into the fabric of a well-ordered civil society
competent competitive here & there cultured
tolerant sensitive here & there spiritually correct
The City is a life unto itself!
What need does it have for Life?
From the high`rise on the hill
the heads of the Department of Public Works
have called a special assembly to survey their domain
‘Thank God for the Water!’ is their invocation
Then to the topic of the day
‘We sense there is a dangerous virus has entered the supply
Unless we act immediately & dramatically the City is at risk!’
So it is the plan is devised The chemicals are chosen
by which to kill the Stream
to save the cobbled stones


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to The Stream – Lent Thirty`Seven

  1. aptly environmentalist

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kiwiskan says:

    I’m saving this to re-read…


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