Slice of Life/SmallPoems Day 10 (river run)

(I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site.  Slice of Life is the idea of noticing the small moments. I have been a participant for many years and each year, I wonder if I will have the energy to write every day. This year, I am going to try to coincide it with my daily poetry writing, and intend to compose small poems on small moments. We’ll see how it goes …)

Day Ten

I cannot keep up
with this river’s flow,
it surely knows more than
I’ll ever know

my feet in pursuit,
I quicken the pace
even losers are winners
in this race we embrace

Somewhere behind us
on a mountain top drop
the ice is in melt
the water can’t stop

‘til it reaches the ocean,
the sea beyond port
but I stopped long ago
to compose this report

No, I cannot keep up –
I’ve grown too slow —
the river knows more than
I’ll ever know

Peace (following it),

  1. Being outside is in itself poetic and to be able to capture that in a poem allows you to filter yourself into the picture without a camera. Thanks for sharing this brisk run!

  2. Different images came to mind: the literal, running alongside a river then giving up from exhaustion; metaphorical, the pace of life quickening as we get older, knowing how it will end, how we won’t get to do everything there is to do, wanting to take note of what we can.

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