Sleepy River by Sally Sargent

I live on the banks of a beautiful river. Sometimes the placid surface hides the reality of the undercurrents moving at all times towards the sea.
Several times a year people fall victim to the currents and die. This poem was written about such a person.

The photo was taken on my Panasonic DMC-ZS7

Stillness is a silent hoax, for,
A mirrored surface hides,
A heart which holds in store,
Currents between its sides.

My boat enters the stream.
It paddles toward the sea.
Green shades complete the dream,
And bring serenity.

Later, when safely ashore,
I hear a startling sound.
Sirens, a choppers roar.
There’s chaos all around.

The chopper’s circling,
Like ospreys in the sky.
Its mission’s to bring,
A lifeline from on high.

Green river, so benign,
A soul lured to your deep,
Disappearing, no sign,
Lying beneath in sleep.

Your quiet mirrored soul,
Taking one for a ride.
Luring, then swallowing whole,
Watching him as he died.
c. S.Sargent, 2010

When viewing a group of musicians or listening to music the musicians blend into their instruments for me and they sing as one.
In all of my work I have a fondness for bold color, clear values and wild texture.
My imagination works overtime. I hope you enjoy viewing my work.

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  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    powerful image and write !Liz

  • Thanks, Liz, it always disturbs me when people get careless and don’t respect the river. It always wins in those cases. Thanks for the comment. Sally

    – Sally Sargent

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