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River of Life



It rises in the mountains;

Continually in motion

It flows towards the sea

Obeying the call of the ocean.

Steep cliffs are no constraint;

It flings itself over chasms

In scenic cascades and falls

Plunging into rainbows

To lie deep in pools below.

It snakes across the valleys,

Carves its path in stone

And races β€˜cross rocky outcrops,

The water white with foam.

It bubbles over pebbles,

And gushes through the rushes,

It laps on sandy shores,

Its course, its flood, its flow

Sprays the land adjoining

To allow the crops to grow.


Β©DGA 13 February 2012 11:44

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

42 thoughts on “River of Life

  1. That is so evocative and beautiful, Denise.
    I really enjoyed it.
    Thank you



  2. Beautiful tribute to the power and majesty of a life-giving element.


  3. A flowing river is like hope, it brings life to everything it touches…

    Blessings – Maxi


  4. Wonderful river thoughts, Adee. Makes me think of that hymn,

    “Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace,
    Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
    Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
    Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.”


  5. nice capture of the flow of the river…i have been to the mountains where a few begin, even bathed in them (brrrr…..) and appreciate all that the water does to bring life as it rolls on…


  6. Very descriptive, I could see it flowing.


  7. And that is where the “Crystal Waters” flow, and thanks to you Denise, I have this vivid picture of an immense waterfall, hiding somewhere in a rain forest.


  8. Denise, I got caught up in the flow myself! πŸ™‚ I love water!


  9. Lovely images and analogies!


  10. So descriptive. There is such lovely movement in this poem. What would we do without our rivers?


  11. This is so beautiful.


  12. I think I need to see South African mountains and rivers to appreciate this in its full beauty, Denise πŸ™‚ Gorgeous words.


  13. The river teaches us so much. It has been the same river for thousands of years and yet it is not the same river from moment to moment. But I wonder what I am supposed to learn from that.


    • The more things change, Carl, like our world, the more they stay the same basically… This poem was just a descriptive piece though, about how rivers interact with mankind’s development in some ways.


  14. Beautiful adee:)


  15. Such a powerful source in water. This poem takes the speed and flow so well πŸ™‚


  16. You depict some of the varied moods of a river. Always changing, always the same.


  17. Like Robert Southey’s poem “The Cataract of Ladore”, Denise, your poem also jumped over hills and hillocks, passed through creeks and crevices, skipped along glens and gorges, sprayed over plains and plateaus…to breeze past us cool.
    A very picturesque one. Congrats.


  18. lOVELY RIVER OF LIFE!!! are you back yet?


  19. Beautiful adee πŸ™‚


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