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Day 24 | April Poetry Month Challenge | Will of the River

WFSC Creative Writing Facilitators Mike Deregowski and Kelsey Hoople challenge you to participate in national poetry month. 1 poem per day for 30 days with no working ahead. 😉

Overall theme 'The Great Escape'.

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Day 24 | April 24th | Will of the River

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Linda Pedley
Linda Pedley
Apr 26, 2020

24. Will of the River

Take life as it comes

Just go with the flow

Make the best of it all

Without need to know

Decisions are made

By focused attention

What choices you face

Life and nature’s invention

If obstacles present

Go around or go through

It’s the will of the river

It’s what you do, too.

(c) Linda J. Pedley 04/26/2020


Apr 25, 2020

Will of the River


Look at you, with hair as wild as the wind

And a voice that could calm the fallen angels.

Where did you come from, I wonder, with so much disciplined

And a mind meant to be free and without parallels.

With eyes like those midnight forests

Of ages and ages past, the history of lands we don’t know,

Your beauty is unparalleled, your actions and words the manifests

Of the will of the river and its flow.

It can be a wild ride, friend of mine,

Tumultuous amidst the white-crested water of younger mans days,

Or a soft and relaxing float in the arms of a brook, clear-as-water-is-fine;

But I know that this is only…


Will of the River

Like the ice breaks

On the river in spring

So too your heart aches

No longer does it sing

Warm weather, waters wake

To nothing the pieces cling

Scattering, there is no brake

No point in following, you think

Do not despair

This is not the end

There’s a chance for repair

The flowing water is your friend

The river has a purpose, a plan

Do not fret, do not quiver

One day, again, you will stand

Trust in the will of the river

​​​​​​​​​​​©April 24, 2020

​​​​​​​​​​​J.E. McKnight

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