24 May 2015

re-Union






Gathering by the long river again—
our sacred present and profane current—
of which we are both part and passenger.

We used to picnic more than once a year,
generations of mothers and fathers
gathering by the long river again—

To exchange gifts that were precious to us
because they came from the greatest waters
of which we are both part and passenger.

But now, there have been years of excuses—
realities preventing many from
gathering by the long river again—

And so this reunion is more precious
to those who rarely miss the melody  
of which they are both part and passenger.

And we who were absent hasten our steps
to drink of life before we die without  
gathering by the long river again—
as both part and passenger.



Posted for Poets United Poetry Pantry #254 along with the poem In the Stream which I wrote exactly a year ago.  Sherry gave me the idea to look back because of the poem she posted for the pantry.  The connectioncomparison/contrastbetween the two poems is a magical discovery to me.  Maybe it will be so for you, too.  


    Copyright © 2015  S.L.Chast 

27 comments:

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Ah reunions.. its such a pleasure isn't it.. meeting your loved ones after such a long long time? Unfortunately life gets hectic after a while.. and we are unable to keep up... I too love the river.. and all its attributes :D Adore these lines:

And so this reunion is more precious
to those who never miss the melody
of which we are both part and passenger.

Beautifully penned..!
Lots of love,
Sanaa

Mary said...

We must gather by the river while we still can and bring a picnic as well, forget all of the excuses of the past, hasten one's steps, and join in. We have to drink of life while there is still time.

brudberg said...

I think rekindle friendship like this is something we shouldn't miss when the river is at its most inviting. Love the use of the Villanelle...

Vandana Sharma said...

Life like river flows and we should flow along too.

Old Egg said...

When we ask ourselves "What is the meaning of life?", we should not look forward but back to see where we have come from and look at our footsteps. Beautiful piece Susan.

Sumana Roy said...

We need to value this precious gathering and drink of life so that there's no regret at the end of the day....

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I agree with Mary, we must gather there while we can.

thotpurge said...

Like the "both part and passenger" reference .. it brings a sense of timelessness.

Jae Rose said...

There is something sacred in this piece - not just the river but the act of gathering..magical indeed

Brother Ollie said...

Beautiful poem - I was compelled to read it a few times slowly to take it all in.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

when we gather with family or friends we embrace love

nice reflective piece

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

The language and rhythm make this quite magnificent.

SuyashJ said...

loved the closing verse

G L Meisner said...

I miss having those too.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This poem leads the reader in a sort of trance/dance, which is very soothing....I love the repeated lines and am trying to figure out what form it is, or if this is just how it evolved. Very beautiful, and deep.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Going to old places with old friends we haven't interacted with in a while can be such an awakening... I think we don't only enjoy (or dread) having their company again, but we also rediscover pieces of ourselves... While at the same time, seeing the past with better lived eyes. It sounds almost overwhelming, doesn't it? But when we find that these places and people speak to our soul, then there isn't a better experience. ♥

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Susan,

I've often found reunions to be disappointments as well. I'm inclined to take the view that life is probably best when looking forwards..Nice in some aspects, if with pleasing people.
Eileen

Myrna R. said...

I like the idea of being part and passenger. Your poem resonated with me on different levels. I miss friends with whom I gathered, and I am at a life stage which induces many thoughts about that river, and life and death. Thank you Susan.

Truedessa said...

A reunion by the river, it just speaks of peace whether it be with family or friends.

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Wow as I read this I was thinking of Sherry's poem so glad for your notes.....it is wonderful when these wonderful connections happen....this poem resonates for me as I am back from a long absence to gather at the river....love these lines as they were me to a T as they say!

'But now, there have been years of excuses—
realities preventing many from
gathering by the long river again—'

C.C. said...

"both part and passenger"---very profound observation and reminder.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

This is such a wonderful piece Susan! The gathering is so important. To mark the presence and absence of people--

totomai said...

I always see to it that I go to out reunions - to relive the past. Always feel good to be young again.

I also like the ecological undertone here Susan. Maybe one day there'll be no more long river to witness the next reunion.

James Toma said...

Never hurts to talk about rivers and picnics and reunions. So what did I thnk of your poem? Astounding. It took me back to a river in my childhood where we'd capture fish for our own little aquarium and where we discovered an overgrown eel whose end was tragic so to speak. thanks!

humbird said...

O, yes, it's magical, how you, not knowingly came to the same motif, from other side, seems, but feeling yourself as the part of stream/river in both poems....and v.vers.

R.K. Garon said...

Bravo!!!!
ZQ

Kim Nelson said...

You ponder so many aspects of connections, relatedness, family.