Monday, September 19, 2011

Time is a River

Grand Water Passage

Slipping through Time

Slipping
Between silent walls
Slices of time across the eons
Before.

Gliding
Across a river stilled
Silenced by the narrows
Ahead.

Waiting
For the plunge
Bucking over the rough
Unseen.

 Listening
To the distant roar
Water cascading
Closer.

Wishing
Away this still peace
 Worry about what will
Come.

Knowing
The towering walls
Prevent an avenue of retreat
Life.

Flowing
Forever onward
Until our time
Stops.

J. Binford-Bell
September 2011

I have been down many a river and canyons in the west where I live and there is always something eternal about them. They are teachers of lessons I have yet to fully learn.

The "illustration" Grand River Passage is one of my paintings which has been featured here on Creative Journey. And part of my project of a poem for every painting of significance.

20 comments:

  1. This flowed really well and I love the picture.

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  2. great wording...
    love the way your words speak.

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  3. Vibrant colors and well chose words. Both are stunning.

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  4. love this poem binford.. tq for sharing.. my gooseberry.. http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/helpless/

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  5. time,

    slip through, yeah.
    love the idea.

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  6. Your words really speak out in this piece and the image is fantastic and really expresses this so well happy picnic
    http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/09/19/my-world/#comment-925

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  7. A wonderful, thought-provoking poem, and a stunningly beautiful painting. Your talent is amazing. I have spent many days in the canyonlands, too. I live in Texas now, and miss them. Just took a short trip to Arizona, where we had a brief enjoyment of some of the canyons there.
    http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/fragile-cloth-2/

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  8. perfect piece of writing.

    elegant imagery.

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  9. The worded imagery and the picture gave me the feeling of taking the trip down the river canyon with you.

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  10. your art is out of control.
    I am completely blown away!
    I miss the desert.
    irenethebean.wordpress.com

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  11. journey though the river canyon was so well pained in your poem the images just jumped out and made you want to jump in the river and take a trip down with you thanks
    http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/09/21/remember-the-years/

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  12. The last lines - Flowing forever onward until our time stops - are just perfect. This is a very beautiful poem. Your artwork completes it. You are a very talented artist. The vibrancy of your colors are a feast for the eyes.
    Isadora

    my submission for the rally:
    http://insidethemindofisadora.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/yas-how-old-we-get/

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  13. "Wishing
    Away this still peace
    Worry about what will
    Come."

    This verse is especially relevant to me. Often our peaceful times are lost only because we are fretting about what may come.
    Thanks. Good job.

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  14. Wonderful writing with light but lovely word play with the 4th line of your stanzas. Simple as it may be I love complicating it with my imagination. :)

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  15. Thank you for linking picture and poem to In Tandem.♥

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  16. Beautiful words and picture I will now make a feeble attempt for In Tandem ..thank you for the inspiration x

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  17. Jacqui your words accent well the beauty of your art...you have quite an amazing talent!!

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  18. Beautiful message.. indeed it is.

    Very beautiful picture too ~ lovely work ~

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I appreciate all kind comments on my art and poetry.