Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Harvest - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

Born in the snow-capped Cascade Ranges
a timid junior river sings its song.
A voice of loneliness, a sad and tearful longing,
cool waters burble through the valley, the Snoqualmie.

And, as it's welcomed near the town of sleepy settlers,
it passes fields of berries, flashing purple baubles.
Today the harvest may begin as sunrise beckons,
a windswept scene brings tones of shade onto the green.

From rocky gorges a bright river has descended,
from grandeur of beyondness it has plunged,
a death-defying act, past silent boulders
to slow its journey to meander while it dreams.

Ramshackle huts now stir amidst the morning dew,
a hundred baskets carried out to frosty bushes.
Lethargic voices bark commands to buzzing children,
but soon the silence of the valley will return.
So that the river can resume its joyful song.


Comments about Harvest by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (5/24/2005 8:44:00 AM)


    Another beautiful poem...the imagery is stunning! ! Great job. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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  • (5/23/2005 10:41:00 PM)


    Damn. 'Nehrlich writes very good poem shock'...we hate eachother, to put it mildly, but a 10 for this. (Report) Reply

  • (5/23/2005 10:07:00 PM)


    what a wonderfull poem, this is what i have been writing about the liberated poet
    this herbert is one of your best, i dont care who hears me say it, they can do anything they like to you except tell you your not a poet, because you are herbert
    a bloody good poet

    Warm regards allan
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  • (5/23/2005 10:05:00 PM)


    Excellent Herbert.Liked this very much.Nice imagery too.Well written.thank you. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 23, 2005



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