Woman, Like River

A baby, emerging blinking into light
quietly trickling
blissfully unaware of destiny

Playing hide and seek
peeking from behind serious mountain curves
Laughter gurgling quietly

Seeking a path now
leaping like a gazelle caught in sunlight
sleeping, lazy and long

Crashing through rocky roads
Surprising with silvery cascades
Alluring, dimpling, beckoning with coolness

Roaring a froth of fury
Thunderous and shining
Plunging towards upheaval

A calm broadening
Giving and receiving
Conscious power wielded with grace

Tears and rage
flooding, overflowing,
forgiving in its wake

Then, blue veins break thin skin
gathering rich inheritance,
slowly, slowly,
till the gnarled hands gently vanish
into the blue forevers

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