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  • ~ Eagle Feather Downstream ~ Down the stream the eagle feather floats like it's own little boat around twigs, over stones, across mud and sand, like Custer, I wonder where it will make it's last stand? In whirlpools it circles 'round, sometimes it's swallowed down, but up it pops into the air down stream somewhere. Will it enter the river and go over falls or will it be wedged between rocks and not go at all? Perhaps it will be spat out by the bear, eating his fish, for feathers aren't his type of dish. Will it enter the delta then head out to sea, pulled out by the tide, if that's what's meant to be. Down the stream the eagle feather floats like it's own little boat around twigs, over stones, across mud and sand, like Custer, I wonder where it will make it's last stand? ~ bonnie j. flach (c)

    ~ Daybreak Stream ~ Mountain mist forest veil moisture refreshes drowsy eyes along the trail. Suddenly I glimpse a stag which quickly disappears behind pines am I truly awake or in midst of dream it matters not as I make my way down to daybreak stream ~ bonnie j. flach (c)

    ~ Germany's Rivers in the Air ~

    Ask me if you dare
    how many of her rivers (the word's endings) rhyme with "air"?
    There's Acher, Bever, Eder, Heller & Kander

    How many more can you bear?
    There's Lieser, Nister, Oder, Pader & Rheider

    Do you even care, that....
    there's Sauer, Tauber, Ulster, Weser & Zaber

    Oh, so many fine & fair,
    for there's Aler, Biber, Eider, Kocher & Lauter

    Some so bright the water's glare
    there's Oker, Ruwer, Schmutter, Tiroler & Wippler

    Some flowing like a lady's long hair
    there's Ammer, Elster, Lutter, Roter & Uecker

    Flowing into the ocean, that is in french la mer
    there's Alster, Emscher, Feller, Schutter & Tanger

    May they always be common & never be rare
    there's Agger, Freiberger, Iller, Schunter & Wisper
    Germany's rivers in the air

    bjf (c)

    ~ Mississippi Meanders ~ Hot nights on the delta, nothin' better to do than drift into a juke joint or honkytonk & listen to whiskey-tinged blues. Soulful bass guitarist strums a deep lamentation you lean against the front door, cause you ain't got no reservation. It's standing room only & you're getting in the groove everyone's taking it easy & hangin' out as lover boys are puttin' on their moves, while down the back alley a lowlife panders, you just soak in the music as that river, the Mississippi, she just
    meanders ~ bonnie j. flach (c)

    ~ Mississippi Delta Summer ~ Down in the delta on a friday night local boys are jus' itchin' to fight honkytonk band starts a pump pumpin' while jitterbug dancers are jump jumpin' Young girls laugh and gossip in the street as the bass man thumps a steady beat. The sax lets out a sensual scream while lovers look for romantic dreams ~bonnie j. flach (c)

    Chiffon and Gabardine ~ liked to make the scene on that fabulous paddle wheeler the Mississippi Queen. His game was poker she preferred gossip & tea
    he liked to laugh and be a joker amongst other wealthy company. The men's conversations centered around tobacco, cotton and cane. The women spoke of perfumes, gloves and hats and "do you think we'll have rain?" No one spoke of the future nor did they bring up the past everyone knew, but didn't dare breathe it that this wasn't going to last. The river, she just flowed past enormous mansions and pitiful shacks reminders of those who had way too much & of those whose clothes were made from sacks. What happens when you close your eyes & like the Mississippi mud get sucked into all the lies you know, when you choose not to care you really go nowhere - repeat stanza #1 ~ bjf (c)

    ~ Jordan River ~ The river flows through this arid land of cypress trees and desert sands. Men fish with nets in little boats just as they've done centuries ago ~ bjf (c)
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