Shannon, Meaning River – by Shannon Griffiths
I am the river. I change
with the seasons, my angles bend and warp
but my direction is constantly forward.
I am easily manipulated
to fit into confinements
but never can I be fully contained.
And I can shape the earth, but in turn
my essence is moved by the earth.
I roam in de pen dent ly towards the
oceans, free… I am intertwined with everything
which surrounds me.
I flow onward, weaving through
each earthly crevice, sharing parts of myself
with nature’s womb,
absorbing my environment,
leaving a puddle in my absence.
I form sand with my waves
from entire boulders…
my strength, underestimated
my stability, overestimated
as I can bring life to the dead
and death to the living.
I am a bearer of washed away souls,
holding many mysteries in my waters,
I am filled and alive
with so many others.
My cleansing body
of natural substance
carries things renewed
in my currents of change.
People are lured in by my glistening surface,
but I am deceiving in my serenity…
I become polluted and clouded
at certain moments in time, yet
even my deepest of waters are transparent.
People arrive and leave, or they stay
too long and I forget of their fragility
until it is too late.
The river flows on,
my life will remain eternal.
I am the river; both a blessing and a curse.