The River Rima

She appeared first on the river’s horizon,
a dark ghost rising up like a dream
from the pale warm vapors of the River Rima.
Weaving slowly back and forth
across the flat belly of the wide river
she crystallized finally into view.
I stood entranced by this creature born of the river,
clothed only by the soft glint of sun upon her dark skin,
and a thin riff of chamois slung from her slowly undulating hips.
And once seeing her, it was impossible to look away.
Not even for a moment.
In the same way, her attention was absolutely singular.
The great river was her silent temple and her unspoken religion.
The truth of this showed itself to me
as clearly as the amber sky mirrored itself
across the smooth surface of the rain swollen river.
I watched each slowly measured step
knife silently through the muddy water,
as her dark eyes cut through the unmoving river
like paired piranha.

Hanging from the split end of the hunter’s staff,which she balanced across a glistening shoulder,swung the still writhing spoils of the day.A small fortune paid out of boundless patience

and attention to the smallest changes written upon the face of the river.

It has been a lifetime of reflection since my sojourn on the River Rima.
And yet to this day,
my dreams are haunted by a single memory:
when passing me on the river,
she did not for an instant glance up from her labors.
Neither to return my unblinking fascination,
nor to acknowledge even my presence.
And at the same time, I am comforted by this as well.
For in the cold eye of a Rima hunter…
all is prey.

“The River Rima”, by JULIAN, from The Dream Oracle

The River Rima

Julian Wilde

Lake Oswego, United States

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A lone hunter is watched as she stalks the River Rima during the monsoon season…

This piece attends “The River Rimer” image in my book “The Dream Oracle.”

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