On the Source of the River

On the Source of the River

On the mountain rain falls, snow melts.

The source of the river is the sky.
So it is that the source of love is not within reach

But flows over me and carves my every direction.
The source of the river is the spring. So it is

That I can never go back to the source of love
but it spends itself constantly on my behalf;

So it is that the very earth is between us
but the very earth gives a way to us in the shape

of a river. The source of the river is a bog.
Like energy, love has no direction. It can be hidden

as potential until the porous ground can hold
no more and it breaks into acceleration

embanked by our lives, carrying us beyond
ourselves towards a wider body evaporating into the sky

12 thoughts on “On the Source of the River

  1. Ron

    Wonderful beyond measure, Jeff…unless one uses a slide rule. *g* I am always amazed with the way you weave such intricate connections into poetry. Some day maybe you’ll show me the secret? *g*

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      1. Ron

        This is what happens when you think you’re learning from me!

        there once was a poet named Jeff
        who wasn’t feeling himself
        what he thought was verse
        turned out to be worse
        and the crap was moved to the shelf

        ~*~

        (the crap being my haiku, of course!)

        Ron

  2. C

    Was wondering when we’d see a new poem from you! This was well worth the wait. Love the idea of love as potential

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  3. Sunshine Jansen

    The rhythm of this is as superb as the vision, JS. I particularly like the line “hidden / as potential until the porous ground / can hold no more”.

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