River of Death

treading carefully

observing every step

testing each patch of ground

while eying the horizon

this journey alongside

this river of death

can only continue

for the cautious

but is ruled by the bold

who tread head-long

wildly along the shore


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on August 23, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.

  1. ‘ruled by the bold who tread head-long wildly’

    Excellent poem.

    Jimmy Carter’s recent press conference came to mind.

  2. I’d tread carefully next to the river o death. Some bold fool would probably knock me in while exercising his “rights” or personal freedom whilst plunging head long in.

  3. septembersrose

    It’s like your in my mind

  4. I read it from end to beginning and I liked that way too. great poem 🙂

  5. this was amazing, thank you!

  6. I love this, Great blog , i will have to follow you !!!

  7. beautifully written john!

  8. Moonlight, you are so right it does read as beautifully from the bottom up! Wow! Great observation.

  9. It’s really inspiring and powerful at the same time. Winners know how to balance. Death is also symbolic of failure. Well, different people, different interpretations 😊

  10. Do not go gentle into that good night…

  11. I’m new to your work, but I feel as though every time I read something you write you get better. I love this, by the way. 😉

  12. loved your poem River of Death. The lines on your face book cover are so deep and subtle.

  13. Reblogged this on Debonair and commented:
    Feels Like a walk on the beach. Good work

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