Days on the River

Days on the RiverThe water lapping up upon the rockswas green and foamy, seemed to drop offstraight down into the murky darkwhose depths contained a childs wealthof imagination.The hairstyles gone wild, the colors that fadethe boats in their circular routes seemed to saythat days on the river that don’t seem to endsustain us, when others should.Southern acccents, that mellow into songswhen they tell tales, of days long gone.The shacks and the mustard greensthe lightning bugs on the lakethe storms that roll overto empty themselves of rain.Those ignoring history relive their mistakestalk about depression in ignorant haste.Southern accents, that mellow into songstell you what life was like on the ground.Things like, mama grew up poorand daddy looked for whatever jobs there were.Sheriffs deputy, moonshine entrepeneur,copper from the bullets in the wall.These things that sustain us in the leanest of timesa bedtime story a doll made of ragsa bible as the only reading materialsays a lot about faith beyond what’s available.If she had read Tolstoyif she had read Marxperhaps mama would have been a union organizerand crossed paths with Woody and Cisco.If she had listened to Beethoveen continuouslyshe might have danced with Martha Grahamshe might have read Leaves of Grassshe might not be the mother that I’ve known.So those lazy days upon the riverthat seem to go nowhere with no value at allgo on forever they never endeven now when I wouldn’t dare take off my shirtI have bookshelves full I have music to sparestill I gravitate to one or another during either wealthor dispairthose things that sustain us are what keep us togetherpray for us now and at the moment of our deaths.

Days on the River

bill bell

Everett, United States

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