River

New River Gorge, Virginia, Appalachian Mountain

The river has a will

Since the beginning of time, ancient

With grand patience

Cutting through the hardest rocks of the Appalachians

Not across the easiest, bewildering many

Its journey a mystery

Over thousands of years, surely

Birds land to find sanctuary

Boats arrive bearing fortune

Fishing nets cast for food

Yet in its grandness, the river is impermanent

Can’t step into the same river twice

The river is a flow

Life is like that

Ever flowing, ever changing, never permanent

And sometimes a mystery.

Noelle L, 25.07.2020