I Sit By This Little River

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Rivers are special places in my life. They are a physical setting that I seek for refuge and to find peace – to feel okay when I am not. Rivers serve as an apt and useful metaphor in my life. I’ve written many river poems. I grew up on a little farm in eastern Tennessee and fell asleep many nights listening to the gentle gurgle of our little crick. I too watched it rage and roar, breaching its shallow banks to return with time to its gentle meandering flow.

I’ve studied the resilience of streams and rivers throughout my professional career. Rivers became a powerful connection to the natural world and a source of deeper meaning in my life sober. They connect me and help me find wholeness (a power greater than myself). I seek rivers in life, in physical and in visual imagery, when I feel hopeless and helpless. I find hope and often strength and courage. The past several weeks, I’ve been drawn to rivers to find respite in a world seemingly driven over the edge by fear. I’m grateful for all of the rivers in my life. 

I Sit By This Little River

I sit by this little river
Of earth water and air
Born of the clouds
And oceans deep
Nourishing the earth
Along countless meanders
Rising and falling 
Among hidden springs
Here I find refuge
And make my peace
Letting go and letting be
Of the worry and weight
The things I cannot change
And changing those I can
Finding hope where once
There was none
So here I am and
Here I will be 
Sitting by this little river 
Of my life and my dreams

About the Author

Robert B. is a sober alcoholic in Madison, WI participating in AA and AlAnon at Fitchburg Serenity Club. He has been sober since April 21, 2007. He also began writing and sharing poetry on Facebook during his first year sober as part of his recovery from alcohol dependency, acute anxiety, and chronic depression. He has found that creativity expressed primarily through writing poetry and playing various stringed instruments helped him heal and thrive.