Will Barber

Rookie (1948 / TX)

Before I Cross The River - Poem by Will Barber

There is a hill ahead,
And Death is behind the hill;
I urge the horses onward, onward....

There is a river here;
Always, there is a river
Just when Death scents victory....

White current seethes
About black rocks;
How fair the meadow is,
After crossing the water....


Comments about Before I Cross The River by Will Barber

  • Prince Obed de la Cruz (7/16/2010 8:40:00 AM)

    i see the imagery.... my mind travels through plains and mountains along riversides (Report)Reply

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  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (6/10/2009 3:00:00 PM)

    A very vivid use of metaphor Will encouraging the
    darkened souls to take bold steps in life to rise
    again. A very tempting poem towards bravery with
    motivation so pure and so beautiful to wash out the
    lethargy that otherwise overwhelms the deadened
    minds. The essence of poem is ingrained with a
    very special message of gaining the glory without
    fear of the hurdles because the excellence has
    always been achieved by those who dare to believe
    that something inside them is far more superior than
    the circumstances......

    Best Regards
    naseer
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  • Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (8/10/2008 1:55:00 AM)

    extremely ambigous and i loved it.keep on penning good stuff bro. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/11/2007 3:45:00 AM)

    very well described and powerful, the use of words is brilliant! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/12/2007 12:07:00 PM)

    Darn good Will, glad I finally discovered your poetry. Zen (Report)Reply

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  • (2/7/2007 11:58:00 AM)

    loved this poem, well put together, and nicely penned. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/1/2007 8:48:00 AM)

    How to speak so much in so few words.... I wish to have a dose of your exemplary way of using words to their maximum benefit. A most dark read.... gripping stuff! HG: -) xx (Report)Reply

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  • (1/29/2007 6:13:00 AM)

    This feels like the work of someone who's had a whiff of the subject, and the heightening of the senses that comes with it - making the meadow so much more attractive than ever before! Strong imagery, deft use of language. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/17/2007 5:25:00 PM)

    Will, I've been here before, but it was so good I had to come back. From end to end it's brilliant. The language choice is so effective as well - in line 2 I would have made a hash of it by choosing 'beyond' instead of 'behind' but that would have weakened the atmosphere you've generated here - and 'How fair the meadow is' is stunning. Simply stunning writing all round. jim (Report)Reply

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  • (1/7/2007 6:33:00 AM)

    Choosing life is sometimes very difficult..but as you say '
    ' There is a river here; Always, there is a river
    Just when Death scents victory....' There is hope and there is life
    A beautiful poem
    Wishiing you joy
    Pia
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  • (1/4/2007 4:06:00 PM)

    I've forgotten how I got here. Probably via South east Texas. Loved this. No, I'm awed! (Report)Reply

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  • Melvina Germain (11/22/2006 8:20:00 PM)

    Another powerful write, great story Will, excellent read--Melvina-- (Report)Reply

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  • (10/31/2006 5:44:00 PM)

    Hi Will....very thought provoking. Is the river being crossed - Death? Is the meadow -Heaven? ...like it....B (Report)Reply

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  • Melanie Emiko (9/16/2006 9:59:00 AM)

    Mysterious. I don't get it exactly but I love it. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/16/2006 7:12:00 AM)

    this is a nice poem eventhough there is smell of death (Report)Reply

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  • (9/16/2006 6:42:00 AM)

    Dear Will,
    The imagery you have threaded through out 'Before I Cross the River' is very well done and the poem has great rhythm and flow, a lovely read for a bitter sweet theme. I also liked the way you use contrast.The effect of the imagery of the white cleansing waters against the black rock adds a bit of spiritual depth to the poem.
    The poem has a bit of an Emily feel for me. Great job!
    Blessings ~ Debora
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  • (9/16/2006 6:28:00 AM)

    Great write Bill... a full story in short verse... a 10! (Report)Reply

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  • (9/16/2006 4:58:00 AM)

    Wonderful imagery depicted in this dark dreamscape. I am glad that the rider reached the meadow in spite of all the difficulty. Very inspiring, Will.

    Kindest regards,

    Sandra
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 16, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 16, 2010


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