Short History of Rivers


From how far away did this water come?
I think of its sources; blended, mixed, combined. 
Thunderstorms and showers, snow and ice.
Tributaries, trout streams, and small creeks.
I see the collected current become this silent river. 


Listen: 

Bear Creek is somewhere in there.
Rogue River is wrapped within.
The Flat River enters at Lowell.
The Thornapple approaches from the south.
Add more from the Michigan map.

Their distinct voices are blended 
into this flowing stillness.
The Grand River is carrying its
silent chorus
into Lake Michigan. 

I am only saying: 
pay attention to the
short history of rivers.
Each river day appears the same, 
unless you account for:


the mix of molecules,
the surrounding land,
the gradient of light,
the depth of the water,
this new day.

This long linear ribbon of living current.
Always the same. Never the same.
Like time pulling you along,
when you want to wait
in this interval of now.

© 2014 Richard Havenga





Photo Locations:

1, 7, & 8 = Grand River – Kent County, Michigan

2 & 5 = Flat River – Kent County, Michigan

3. Bear Creek – Townsend Park (Townsend) – Kent County, Michigan

4. Rogue River – Rockford Dam (Rockford Dam) – Rockford, Michigan

6. Thornapple River – Ada / Cascade, Michigan





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