The Cycle

All the rivers run into the sea.

Tributaries, estuaries where fresh meets salt water.

Rivers are always changing, but  the cycle

is invariable; all returns to the headwaters.

Man. Water. There is no new thing.

estuary

Palmiet River (South Africa.) enter the Atlantic Ocean

“There is no new thing” – Ecclesiastes 1:7

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Week 26

A heat wave week cresting and breaking

here so far away from an ocean

that would feel so cooling and yet

is warming every day and every year.

I feel mid-year changes within and without.

 

Heavy Weather

Heavy the oar to him who’s tired,

lightened by the sunset over the harbor.

Heavy is the saltwatered, rain-watered oilcloth coat,

drying beside the sleeping sailor and fireplace.

Morning’s red sky and heavy the sea.

 

painting

Heavy the Oar to Him Who is Tired, Heavy the Coat, Heavy the Sea, 1929 by Ivan Albright, American, 1897-1983, oil on canvas