The Tieton

Sometimes the River surprises

In the middle of the spike of a summer day 

That is baking the emergent flat boulders

When it sends a soft, mossy breath of cool affection.

Sometimes it rattles the visual perception 

Out of its habitual normalcy

Shaking loose blind focus

Opening an expansive circumspherical view.

Sometimes it dulls its persistent, insistent growl

Fighting with itself to reach the sea

Crafting its personality in the remnants of mountains

Leaving space for something old that is new now.

Sometimes the lasering sun reflections that burn the retinas

And leave permanent and shadow impressions;

That obscure simple seeing with winceful pain, 

Offer an easeful invitation to penetrate assumptions about the nature.

Sometimes in the quietest of the middle evening pitch,

Where the rapid roar becomes a drone

And the accompanists of all beings rest,

It trembles the bones through the tympanic bank and shore leaving me undone.

Sometimes the River 

Surprises

Rattles

Dulls,

Burns

Trembles 

me 

toward freedom.

The NachesSometimes the River surprisesIn the middle of the spike of a summer day That is baking the emergent flat bouldersWhen it sends a soft, mossy breath of cool affection.Sometimes it rattles the visual perception Out of its habitual normalcyShaking loose blind focusOpening an expansive circumspherical view.Sometimes it dulls its persistent, insistent growlFighting with itself to reach the seaCrafting its personality in the remnants of mountainsLeaving space for something old that is new now.Sometimes the lasering sun reflections that burn the retinasAnd leave permanent and shadow impressions;Obscuring simple seeing with winceful pain, Offer an easeful invitation to penetrate assumptions about the nature.Sometimes in the quietest of the middle evening pitch,Where the rapid roar becomes a droneAnd the accompanists of all beings rest,It trembles the bones through the tympanic bank and shore leaving me undone.Sometimes the River Surprises,Rattles,Dulls,BurnsTrembles, me toward freedom.

Posted by William Gentner on Saturday, August 22, 2020

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