Elena Sandu

The River - Poem by Elena Sandu

Last Sunday
I spent a whole day
with a beautiful river
trying to feel close
to each being, each thing,
even to become one with everything
that surrounded me.
In some way,
I learned from the natural
flow of water
what it means not to look back.
I should remember that river
every time I need to forget the past.
And it helps me to not mind much the now...
Why? Well don't you see how
"Now" is going into the Past fast?
So, the river taught me to aim forward.
It may last.
I tried to follow it
with my eyes towards the horizon.
And maybe there is where
River called my soul.
I believe I had the feeling
of sweet water loving me
more than anybody else
(as if I'd ever be loved much, lol.
So I have learned never to ask for love.
For my soul, that may be
as shameful as begging for money) .
But I have thanked the river
with my entire heart
for letting me in,
for washing my soul clean
and I gave it all the love
I could gather,
the river loved me back,
so much that "it"
(calling so because
of my indecision
of calling a he or a she)
almost let me to become one with.
I felt no more sadness
nor earthly pain
or hunger for eyes
to watch me dearly,
for arms to hug me kindly,
for smiles as gifts for me.
My selfishness stopped…
I had everything flowing,
I was melted into
zillion of water drops running
with the river, gliding
into the horizon…
For a moment
I believed that's it!
The horizon!
If you ever feel unloved
go to a river,
discharge your pains
and watch how it becomes
The horizon
... Feel you are one
with the river
and your going forward
no matter what.
To a place
where everything
is equally loved
and cared for.
I can only suppose now,
human could touch the horizon,
I know I can be the horizon,
are we the horizon?
Or maybe only a river
touching the horizon...
A river of love...
could I ever hope to be it?
For each creature,
each form of life
to drink me,
so I could be part of them,
and then them,
to be part of me
totally free
to walk or swim
with all rivers
into the sea
our Mother.
Mother to sing us lullabies
to hold from
small spark of stars...
Then scattered away
for another moment
of connection...
Full awareness.

Comments about The River by Elena Sandu

  • Elena Sandu (1/11/2018 11:56:00 PM)

    Thank you so much everybody for such beautiful, touching comments, I am grateful and honored for every word you shared dear poets, thankful for your poems and also to all the people who may read any of my poems! I hope all of us will find more time to connect with the nature. (Report) Reply

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  • Echo Of The Forest (2/9/2016 12:33:00 AM)

    I loved this confession, the poem is like water flowing into my heart. I remember once that I was standing on the bridge and looking at the sparkling water. And the water took my gaze and went along with it, and it stretched my sight so much that before I realized it I had almost felt down in the water :)
    If you listen to it, if you embrace it with your eyes, water can be transcending. And the little circles it makes when you step into it with grace...
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  • Hans Vr (6/29/2015 11:16:00 AM)

    When I read this poem for the first time, I liked it soooo much
    I made a not about it in my own thought book.
    Just now I read the note and came back to the poem.
    I like it as much or even more than when I first read it.
    Truly superb, high level poetry, here Elena.
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  • Elena Sandu (11/6/2014 6:09:00 PM)

    Thank you so much Stan Petrovich, I am very grateful to you, finally got to read the book, loved it, blown by the similarities found there, it was like a journey inside my soul! (Report) Reply

  • (10/11/2012 6:20:00 AM)

    Please read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. There are similarities (and not only a few) with this. Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Akanksha Bhatt (10/8/2012 10:52:00 AM)

    i do agree that its really a wonderful poem! ! its very inspiring! and beautifully written, i enjoyed every line! and nice flow too!
    and from now really i am a huge fan of yours!
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  • Hans Vr (10/5/2012 1:00:00 AM)

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, Elena.
    A poem full of spirit.
    Becoming one with the river and losing our pain.
    The way is written the the reader can feel with you
    It is among the very best poems I have read, Elena.
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  • (9/30/2012 12:59:00 AM)

    Elena and my sister Elena could only give such a touch to the objects if it is touched by her magic hands. River is proudly smiling now for being honoured! Love for universal things always creates bliss. Now my sis is a dam of that beautiful river almost consumed the great essence of the whole river. But give me its sweetness a little haha fantastic imagination and full of sentiments and word play. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/27/2012 2:08:00 AM)

    It is such a lovely poem Elena! Yes rivers never flow backward, they continue to move forward, braving all obstacles on their course! ! A very enjoyable and inspiring read! ! (Report) Reply

  • Hamid Negah (9/24/2012 2:20:00 PM)

    Your poems show that you have mastered in writing poetry....i loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (9/23/2012 4:40:00 AM)

    It written freely...freedom and i can feel the peace from start to the end of this write..a lovely write Elrnr, keep writing thoughts like flowing water from past now and then_Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (9/22/2012 8:26:00 AM)

    A joyful and inspiring poem! (Report) Reply

  • (9/20/2012 8:25:00 AM)

    Liked it about when you wrote, and maybe there is where river called my soul, i agree with all these people. (Report) Reply

  • Indranil Bhaduri (9/19/2012 1:59:00 AM)

    Fantastic lines....very touching.. Great piece. (Report) Reply

  • Wabi Sabi (9/19/2012 1:54:00 AM)

    I always wondered why I felt satisfied with my new ideas to move on by watching a river flowing! Rivers never flow backward, that is what it is all about! Now I understand rivers flow cleansing and washing my fears away when I am there. Thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Eindaray Kyaw (9/18/2012 9:16:00 PM)

    Really amazing poem...you learn simply from a river..
    You share your feeling beautifully through a poem
    Great job! !
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  • Poetheart Morgan (9/18/2012 8:40:00 PM)

    I have read and reread again, very beautiful, broad, touching. Thank you Elena! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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