Poem: The River’s Daughter

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Waiting by the river,
Watching nymphs dive in the water,
A message to deliver,
To the River’s Daughter

I could not breathe, I could not swim,
Could not reach the air above,
I never had a chance to begin,
To meet halfway in love

Then along came a lady
Clothed in crowfoot and river weeds,
I knew she would betray me,
But I had other needs

I fell her for, hypnotized,
Her aura spreading wide,
I could not move, I could not speak,
I was paralyzed

“What would you, green maiden?
Tell me how to serve you,
With sorrow I’ll be laden,
If I cannot deserve you.”

She looked at me, took my hand,
Pulled me into the river’s waist;
I just wanted to be close to her,
Submitting to fate

“My love,” said she, “I must kill you,
It’s the only the gift you can me,
Unless you die for me,
I cannot live with you,”

I acquiesced and felt the kiss
Of water in my lungs,
I felt the agonizing bliss
Of the river’s killing tongue

Now I lie trapped in the river,
My love flows on forever,
I will never leave her,
Pain will leave me never

I had to die, I had to die,
Death is love’s true birth,
Forever in the river I’ll lie
Waiting for the truth

I cannot breathe, I cannot swim,
Cannot rich the air above,
I never had a chance to begin,
To meet halfway in love

 

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