WHO WOULD SEE THE RIVER FOR YOU: Words

If you do not see the river for yourself
who would see it for you.

Reflections of the world
on touch screen glass
do not blend well
in an impatience of mind.

So,
I dip a finger in water
watch ripples
wander out
perfectly.
As it comes to me that
screens are flat and dark
while water is dark and deep.

And though a
world wide web of memory
is newly with us
only living memories
are in me
the lightning rods
to ground me.

In the end.
I can listen to electric speakers
or pick up my clarinet and play

If you do not see the river for yourself
who will see it for you?

Carl John Barber
June 2018

 


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