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



Being observant is pretty essential in life. Noticing what is happening around us, seeing and noting how things are done, or how people react and so on.

Many times in life we are in a rush or we are filled with what we are currently doing, that we do not pause to observe the world or the people around us. The observation part helps us to learn, as only doing without seeing can cause the same results to happen.

However, being observant is one thing, but taking action based on our observations is what will really make a difference.

It’s the difference between watching a football match and playing, it is the difference between going to the cinema to watch a film and actually starring in it. Very often we are merely observers of our own lives, rather than participating.

Seeing is great, but not without the doing. The paradox is doing is no good without seeing.