Watching a river

‘Old Father Thames’ by Philip Dodson

Watching the river

It flows endlessly
It flows past
The water shimmers past
The sky is reflected in it
The river is looking for the sea

The river does not fear reaching the sea
The river does not hold back
The river does not wait
The river is brimming with energy for its journey
The river knows its purpose

The river is watched by a man
He sits and watches it pass
He wonders about the river
He is taken by its purpose
He is in awe of its mighty flow

The man ponders life
The man ponders his life
The man thinks about his purpose
The man thinks about his journey
The man pauses and realises he fears the sea

Poles apart

With or against
Black or white
Hate and ridicule
Anger behind the screen
No one hears
No one understands
Civility has flown
Bravery it is not

Courage is to get closer
Not furhter
Courage is to listen
Listen to a different voice
Courage is to hold hands
With the other side
Courage is to open up
Not to shut off
Courage is to understand
Courage is to inspire not hate
The brave ones come closer
The brave ones embrace love
No one gains from being poles apart