River Down

And the green vein rises,
Then bursts
Through treetops
In verdant flame.

An unsettled stomach,
Blue windows
Watch the water rise.

Wait for it.
And wait, he said.
There is the boat that can carry you over.

Stand in a field,
One eye on the bank.
And the wild bees
And lazy on a breeze
Find their treasure.

Bring her a knucklebone,
A bloodletting,
And she will lead you
To those golden halls.

Silent the whiteflood
Coursed over riverbones.
Now each sings out
As she watches and waits.

(Wait for it.
And wait, he said.)

And the high blind eye
Asks no answer —
Draws up the green flames
That dance
In the blue windows.

But still,
She waits.
And the boat does not come.

Stubbed-toe skull
There was history here
And the voices still
Cross over
If you know where to stand.

Raise your arms
And whistle.
Call the wind
That will carry the boat over.

She is waiting —
Still —
To ride
The river down.


About Emily

I may or may not have: A. Dirt B. Ink C. Paint D. Wool under my fingernails.

15 responses to “River Down”

  1. Krislin Neo, Ting (Syracuse Pike) says :

    Wow, looks like it is a long wait.. 🙂 Nicely expressed.. 🙂

    Found you through Thurs Rally.. 🙂

    Here is mine http://www.tingtasy.com/2011/03/collections-of-tings-poetry-tp20-that.html

    Hope to see you.. 🙂


    Eternal wait with sadness as a companion. Nice writing

  3. Jingle says :

    beautiful delivery of your emotions.

    love your blog,

    invite you to join poets rally week 40…
    simply visit me for details…all submissions are to be represented by the end of the week.
    Happy Writing.
    Looking forward to seeing you share your talent with us.
    You rock.

  4. Kim Nelson says :

    Nice use of colors and composed tension… wait for it…

  5. Alethea says :

    Reminded me of an old poem I wrote. You penned it beautifully..the story of a never ending wait….

  6. Becca Givens says :

    Poignant reminder ~ nicely done! ~becca

  7. Kellie Elmore says :

    Happy rally! Love this! That fourth stanza is beautiful…but so is the rest! Hugs!

  8. Promising Poets Parking Lot says :

    amazing piece..

    you shall share with us by submission…


  9. Mihir Vatsa says :

    Little obscure in references but in whole, a good read.


  10. Jamie Dedes says :

    Unusual and puzzling images – stubbed toes skull and the high blind eye – which makes you stop and think … Nicely wrought poem.

    Happy Rally days …

  11. Sam373 says :

    Y ou have our attention. We await your next poem or blog.

  12. Promising Poets Parking Lot says :

    invite you join poets rally.
    visit me for details… 🙂

  13. trisha says :

    a very beautifully crafted poem, for some the wait never ends.

    visiting you from Thursday Rally for poets held at Jingle’s blog, Happy Rally!!


  14. ashbeezone says :

    Lovely Poetry
    Here’s Mine STUFF

    !! }{APPY RALLY !! xD

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