Quietly Flows River of My Time: A Poem

Updated on December 11, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Quietly, gently flows the river of my time

smoothly snuggling to its serrated banks

with each heartbeat like pulsating chime

but with no such days that pass as blanks.


River feeling whole from its spring to sea

vitalized by youth and serene by this age

at once everywhere that it chooses to be

living its every curve and its every stage.


With no scare of the ocean appointment

each fear is dipped in the peaceful flow

nothing back there as disappointment

or coming surprises as best as I know.

Deep is this river, though at places shallow

water being murky, and at some spots clear

rippled with a big joy and otherwise mellow

but all in all more steady than it would appear.


And so, quietly flows this river of my time

apparently passing but still in its every now

lending its rhythm to my every single rhyme,

I wish I could say it better, but don’t know how.

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    © 2018 Vladimir Karas

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        Vladimir Karas 

        2 months ago from Canada

        Doris--As you know, the poem was metaphorical, and it much more depicted the flow in my states of mind than my life's circumstances. A broken family, army service, two emigrations, and many other dramatic dots to connect in between--but I read my first book in psychology at age of ten, did yoga, cultivated a fine self-discipline which allowed me to surf on crest of every tsunami that life threw my way.

        So, in a poetic retrospect, my river was serene, at times mesmerizing with its sense of unutterable sense of inner freedom. The metaphor with flowing water was appropriate because water effortlessly passes over rocky riverbed, moving on, and on -- not stopping for a moment as to analyze what's wrong with any of those rocks.

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 

        2 months ago from Beautiful South

        I, too, think you've said it just fine, too. It's a good thing your life isn't like the river I grew up on. Most times it was serene and passive, a lovely place to fish or contemplate. But at other times it becomes belligerent, leaving destruction in its wake as it overflows its banks. But life is like that, too. Some of us have rivers not as serene as yours.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        2 months ago from Canada

        John--It's for this world of opposites that we get to recognize serene experiences--and to appreciate them in comparison.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Good message in this description of your life as a river. Live life to the fullest, rejoice in it and don't fear death. You said it just fine.

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