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Into the River’s Heart


The rock I loved has crumbled,

A thousand pieces scattered round.

What stood in silent beauty

Now lays shattered on the ground.


What beckoned, so beguiling,

Living colors pulsed its veins,

Was only sand and water

From a river I can’t name.


I never should have touched it

Or thought it could be mine,

Its soul was in the river

That fate would leave behind.


Its marrow formed in water,

The currents made it shine.

The wind and stars and fireflies

Carved the layers and defined…


I gather up a single shard

So cool against my skin,

And throw it in the river’s heart

Where it can live again…


Sharon Frye