Picture: The Great Falls

 

The Passaic River is

interrupted

on its journey to the sea by

Little Falls

then

Great Falls

in Paterson, New Jersey

that inspire poets,

lovers and photographers.

My screen shows

a couple on the bridge

we all pause

a moment –

 

I allow the water

to move them

ever so slightly,

then take the picture.

 

 

Falling Out of Yourself

 

Drawn to falls like lovers and suicides,

staring at the deep beauty and power,

being pulled in, carried to the edge –

a leap, flight, immersion, freedom from self,

becoming a part of the falls itself.

 

After hearing the learn’d poets

read their poems about the Passaic River

and the Paterson Great Falls, both nearby,

I wandered off by myself to the falls.

The mystical moist air was real, not poetic.

Visitors in perfect silence breathing the rainbow.

 

falls and rainbow

Inspired by the poems from The Great Falls poetry anthology,
Walt Whitman’s  “When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer
and the Paterson Great Falls in New Jersey.

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