Gillian.E. Shaw

The River Erdre. - Poem by Gillian.E. Shaw

Then run along the riverside
upon a time a French King's pride
viewed vast breadth and gentle ripples;
glitter, glisten, glow and twinkle.

Inhale the bird infested air
of clearer blue and high up there
free to soar the highest heights
a brighter day as one takes flight.

The heron builds a mighty nest
and seagulls plague us overhead!
Wild yellow iris fill the banks,
in spring, the Lord is given thanks.

As river flows around the bend
perfection reflected; sunlight sends
and man created paint and brush
to capture the views colorful, lush.

Painted river boats and barges,
sailing craft of varied sizes
and floating buss' run on time;
canoe or pleasure where we may dine.

So run, run by the riverside
upon a time a French King's pride.
Cycle paths and dogs who linger.
Glisten, glitter, row the river.

For Egal Bohen.

October 2005

Comments about The River Erdre. by Gillian.E. Shaw

  • Ashraful Musaddeq (5/13/2009 12:56:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem on a river.10++ (Report)Reply

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  • Egal Bohen (8/31/2006 7:27:00 PM)

    A beautiful, refreshing, lush, sunlit poem, full of ripples, reflections, and yellow iris that creates an amazing image Gillian - gets more impressive every time I read it - thank you so much for writing it

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  • (4/5/2006 9:29:00 AM)

    Why do I feel as though I have just seen it and walked along its banks, when I have never been there? You have the poet’s gift of capturing the essence and allowing us to survey its beauty. Love Duncan (Report)Reply

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  • (10/20/2005 4:28:00 AM)

    A lovely poem that brings back my own memories of the River Erdre from some fifteen years ago. Well done! (Report)Reply

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  • Egal Bohen (10/17/2005 2:25:00 AM)

    Thank you that's wonderful! What a beautiful picture of this bustling French River which I think flows seawards quite naturally. As a Francophile I hope a lot more of France will flow across these pages as the seasons change. You are in the right place to do it!
    Thank you very much.
    Egal Bohen...

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  • (10/15/2005 9:32:00 AM)

    Gillian, this has really nice images and rhyme. However, the rhyme is not consistent and for me that causes a problem. Perhaps you think it needn't have a pattern. Your rhythm is so perfect and the stanzas that rhyme so well done, it seems a shame not to carry the pattern throughout the poem. Just a thought.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 15, 2005

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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