John Westlake

Gold Star - 21,714 Points (Crawley)

243. The River Of Life - Poem by John Westlake

Will you travel with me
along the banks of the river of life
not as a superior or inferior being
but as one equal to me

Will you marvel at the way the water flows
leaping joyfully over the rocks
as each second passes swiftly by
each droplet a life in its own right
both human and animal

No tides exist in this place
it only will go one way
once a rock is missed you can't go back
you must jump it as best you can
as you will never be in the same place long

Would you cast a stone
in the hope of disrupting the flow
only to learn it will not work
you will only create barriers for your self

When it splits in two which way will you go
will you end up in the stinking marsh pools
where all is foul and horrible
or will you fall down the fantastic waterfalls
and end up in the peaceful lake
where all is wonderful

Will you travel with me though this life
in friendship and respect
no matter where we will go to
we all will have got there in the end

Topic(s) of this poem: life


Comments about 243. The River Of Life by John Westlake

  • Bri Edwards (9/15/2015 12:52:00 PM)


    Profanisaurus, I had a little trouble digesting the end of the poem; it made me think! and I don’t have time to think! ! ! hee-hee.
    the majority of the poem was grand. a great video of a flow through life with some advice thrown in for good measure. this shall be a welcome addition to the September ‘showcase for PH poets’ on my PH site. sorry it took so long to get added after your first Sept. poem; I was away from PH for all but about 20 minutes for the past nine days! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I hope you are well and hope YOUR river of life flows smoothly and gets you over the waterfall into the peaceful lake, with or without a partner!
    I’ll also send this to MyPoemList. have a rock-hopping, ice cream licking bonanza of a week! bri :)
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015



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