Along the River

Tony Allain

Tony Allain

In the sandstone cliffs
a thousand dug`out caves
no larger than a grown man’s fist
and from the swirling mass of birds
each pair finds that of their own
bearing some small morsel
for their chicks inside

On the sandy beach
the perfectly hollowed out
skeleton of some forsaken deer
caught between the coyotes above
and the rising river from below
the front feet by the head
as though in prayer

All along the river
the scene plays itself out
birth and death ride on one wind
lashing up the white`caps as at sea
pushing all natural consequences
away from the one shore
and onto the other

“This squirrel just barely kept ahead / Of what he’d be if he was dead.
He’s proven perfect master / Of his last meeting with disaster
And now he has that bare pretext / Not to worry about the next.” ~ Wendell Berry


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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11 Responses to Along the River

  1. Bastet says:

    Beautifully written.


  2. deuxiemepeau says:

    you never fail to capture the reader completely. beautiful


    • Thank you, Damien . . . It’s nice to see you back from wherever you were . . .

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      • deuxiemepeau says:

        Thanks Peter, the last few months have been juggling a new job working as a pattern market for the women’s brand &Other Stories, here in Paris, and writing. Last month I did 30 poems for the NaPoWriMo so it’s only today that I’ve finally had time to catch up on what everyone else has been doing here- and there has been a lot of beautiful pieces to read, including yours! Best wishes, Dami


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  4. one of your best…


  5. a fine piece of “naturphilosophie”

    Liked by 1 person

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