RIVER ~ ’74 & ’14, Poem by Peter Pilley

photo from Peter Pilley

photo from Peter Pilley

Do I know where I am, or even
When he, she, anyone were last
On the same stretch of the river?

There is energy enough in the water
To answer these questions,
To take me back and forth.
The warp and weft of time.

Summer and winter come and go.
See the sense of season.
Sleep naked of reason.

The waters stray through fingers.
Willow leaves lie languid.
Sustenance is gained
From above as from below.

Royal fisher, kingfisher,
A bubble in your wake awoke
No quest, answer is before.

I do not call these spirals.
The river finds its own level.

Time hovers.
Young love’s stasis.

Summers and winters
Come and go

In a stitch in time
Are born new clouds
That might glut glebe
Fresh in the morning
Of a ploughman’s nightmare
Old soil is new soil
In the dark seed’s eye.

Sleep naked of reason.

When I was last this way
Void crashed in to stay.
When I was last here,
The net gain was fear.
But the hellhounds have lost my spoor,
And love sweet love waits at my door !
~.~

~ Peter Pilley

[Peter Pilley is a new friend of mine from Facebook land. He lives in Bournemouth, England, and has the warmest smile in his FB pic. I would like to meet him some time in person and give him a big hug for the huge heart he has… that I can feel all the way over here on the other side of the pond. Thank you, Peter, for gracing us with your lovely poetry and presence in the great soup of FB land. xoxoxo and hugs… hugs… ]

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, nature mystic, empathic intuitive healer (with shamanic influences) and international speaker. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty years and is currently on hiatus from the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary behind the Great Mother Wisdom Gathering (Maryland, 2014). She loves to be involved in Ceremony. Mare is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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