Stephen Fuller *** Poetry, Essays

Boy Dips His Foot in the River and Finds It Cold, of the one where this weeks prompt from Sadje to wrap up a trilogy of poems

These days of handless shakes, one footprint
Closer to the dark river
We all seem to be looking across

I walk among my oldest friends:
Frost’s birches, the tacky white pines, the spruce field
That might be a secret safe haven

For Santa on the stormiest of Christmas Eves
Once again, in the waning of winter
Single flakes fall fall fall

Like drift wood at sea
Headed where ever they head
When they just let go

I will collect one on my tongue
Taste it’s delicate pattern dissolve
Into me. Into me, this delicate pattern.

One foot into that river, the boy hears his name called
Come home now, breakfast is ready
We are waiting for you.

Part 3 of the trilogy of poems related to this weeks Level UP prompts. This one for Sadje’s.

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/category/what-do-you-see/

20 Responses to “Boy Dips His Foot in the River and Finds It Cold, of the one where this weeks prompt from Sadje to wrap up a trilogy of poems”

  1. Tanya Cliff

    Beautiful, Stephen! I wanted to collect the prompts for Level UP, but it has been kind of crazy around here. I love the imagery of this. It is filled with peace and hope…

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  2. Sadje

    What a lovely poem. It’s like we are there with him on his walk. Thanks for participating in the challenge

    Like

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  3. ivor20

    A deeply emotional piece foe Stephen, and the conclusion touched my heart, your words are poetically moving…..
    “Into me. Into me, this delicate pattern.
    One foot into that river, the boy hears his name called
    Come home now, breakfast is ready
    We are waiting for you.”

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    • Stephen

      Thank you Ivor. I am an absolute walking poet and this one came to me after seeing a beautiful cluster of birch trees. I am glad you liked these lines

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