Riverine

My youngest son is rushing
from the sharp hills of adolescence
over rocks and stones, always onwards
like a river to an unfathomable ocean

His thoughts are deep
his soul ancient, older than the flow
kept within his banks

He bickers down valleys
sometimes stilled, mostly calm
until an overflow of joy
forces a burst, a breaking of the levee
and he talks, oh he talks
of his passions, fears and hopes
as a waterfall speaking to the wind

Who will dive into his depths
see the treasures within clear waters
bring them to the surface
for the world to see

Copyright © 2020 Kim Whysall-Hammond

Stanza 2 References “The Negro Speaks of Rivers By Langston Hughes 

21 thoughts on “Riverine

  1. What a wonderful way to describe your son entering adulthood, Kim! I love the phrase ‘sharp hills of adolescence’, a powerful way to describe a rocky time, and the lines:
    ‘He bickers down valleys
    sometimes stilled, mostly calm
    […]
    ‘and he talks, oh he talks
    of his passions, fears and hopes
    as a waterfall speaking to the wind’.

    Like

  2. So wonderful to be young and see all the fearsome possibilities of the world and what one might explore and achieve within it. Breaking the levee – necessary to leave childhood behind. I see this explosive growth within my teenage grandchildren.

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