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Grand River in March by Scott Newport

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  • Grand River in March
    By Scott Newport

    Across a bridge I travel now.
    The scene, no fare to pay, I’ll bow.
    Remote to me, but not today,
    My breath lets go a single “Wow!”

    A snowy river melting grand,
    Shimmering current sifting sand,
    Across the marsh a shadowed pier,
    Where swirling seagulls search the land.

    The lacy banks of melting snow
    Uncov’ring grey of long ago.
    A mink slips, sleek, along the shore;
    I wonder where her trail will go.

    The current flows the river’s span,
    Where slanting markers set a fan,
    Snow caps on posts, the sagging snow—
    The end of winter once began.

    The bridge arcs toward the other side,
    The river running oh so wide—
    But who am I to speak this truth?
    I don’t deserve to feel this pride.

    And then I’m on the other side.
    I turn my head to say goodbye.
    My thoughts now on the distant road,
    The wintry shores of peace subside.

    I make it down the road a way,
    And can’t believe I did not stay.
    I turn ‘round as soon as I can
    And driving on, hear myself say:

    “I love that grand river in March.”
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