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"The Beautiful River" - Helen M. Ruggieri

Diamonds float on the thin skin
of the river –
pale yellow leaves of willow and aspen
preen in the mirror.

Hawks sail the wind
reading the cursive glyphs
this river spells with its time.

The river drops to the south
curves out of sight
in a long slow arc.

I like to stand here when the wind
blows with the current
and watch everything
move away from me.

If I knew it would be that easy
I would go without worry,
without splashing,
without tenderness.