River of Love

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” I thought years ago that old Heraclitus was wrong. You can’t step into the same river even once.”– Jim Harrison
You can’t step into the same river even once
for the water is forever changing, re-arranging, adapting.

 
Dipping toes into love is like braving that cold river,
hoping this is the time when the heart floats,
buoyant and light

 

Treading the waters with bare feet and a bared soul
not knowing what’s to come, what’s real
the cool caress of a lover’s hand–
the shifting sands of uncertainty–
the heavy anchor that leaves in its wake–
…the broken bones of a woman once whole.

©2018 Linda Lee Lyberg
Author’s Note: Sherry has asked us to take a line from a poem of our choosing and use it as the first line in ours. Mine is from Songs of Unreason by Jim Harrison.
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5 Comments on “River of Love

  1. “Dipping toes into love is like braving that cold river.” Yes, indeed it can be like that. I resonate with the “shifting sands of uncertainty”, not the greatest feeling. This poem expresses well the shifting landscape of love. Wonderfully done.

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