A Map of Scars

river map

He has a map of scars that

leads to no treasure or even destinations.

All paths lead back to the source,

like every river that escapes from where

it all began – where the bleeding started.







crystal ball


This time of predictions and resolutions.

Year’s end reflection back, and looking forward.

That river of time, downstream as distant

and unclear as upstream, and before me

passing before I knew it was here.


The River of Doubt

Unexplored, uncharted, as all rivers once were,

we travel down it carried by currents

that seem to run faster in darkness.

The overgrowth is thick. No visible horizon.

Uncertainty keeps us afloat for another day.



The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey is a book about an actual river in Brazil, now known as the Roosevelt River.