Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Be As The River - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Since last year much has changed

Some say,  for the worse

Others say,  for the better

This depends on one's perspective

Change is constant


Is built into this natural system

Without change

All would wither and die

Without change

Nothing new would come into existence

It is change

Which refreshes



Sees to the continuation of all life

You cannot always see the effect of a change

But,  for a short duration

What may look as a catastrophe

May be the establishment of

A better community tomorrow

Mankind will try to effect a change

It is in the nature of all natural beings

Much has been set in motion

Much that cannot be seen


Understood with human consciousness

The river flows very long distances

Nourishing and enlivening along the way

Changing it's course often


Still flowing down many possible future paths

Sometimes obstacles cannot be traversed

Sometimes the way is made easy

Continually flowing to it's final destination



Enlivening along it's course

Fulfilling it's nature

As it insures the survival of all along it's path

Be as the river

Flowing endlessly

From Source to it's final destination

Mixing it's waters with other waters

Creating lakes, seas and oceans

Each serving their purpose

All composed of water

Flavoured by the surrounding environments

Yet, all from the same Source

Building, destroying

Destroying, building

Following a natural order

Following the way of water

Effecting the land 

and all creatures 

In or on or along it's path

Fulfilling it's Nature


Be as the river

Be in the river

Be on the river

Enriching and being enriched

Nourishing and being nourished

Enlivening and being enlivened


Be As the River

© 2019   M. N. Hopkins

Note:    This poem was written yesterday after prayer and meditation and quiet contemplation.   I made some spelling changes along with adding a few more lines.
I published it for the first time on my blog today, the 28th 0f May, 2019.

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Magnus said...

That was a very nice and inspirational writing!

Have a nice weekend!

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Thanks Magnus and happy weekend to you also.

Kind regards,

Mathew Naismith said...

Too true Mike, simply go with the flow without becoming too involved in the turbulence of the flow. Not everything of the flow is supposed to be enjoyable, but it need not be turbulent either.

Be Blessed Mike,

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Mat:

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

Many good wishes to you & yours,