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Cantus for Still Water

Cantus for Still Water R O B E R T R I C E 1. river This business of water flowing always toward some farther-off place-- I'm beginning to think it's no accident. If we walked up that road and watched firs beside it turn to dust, if we stood stock-still and listened, the slow breaking-apart of stones would tell us how it is with our lives, and we would come at last to this stream, surface streaked and riffled, one of the ocean's dreaming thoughts. What I'm hoping is here we are born as the earth. What I'm hoping: things indifferent to us will save us in the end. Say what you want to, everything here is scripture-- the way water slides from alder leaves, the way small waves wash a streambed rock, the way the outstretched arm of that conifer brushes the current, longing to follow the water downstream. All I know today: I want to be rain. 2. bridge You know how it is-- you walk onto a bridge, look downstream, then up and up again, and keep looking upstream while the inexhaustible river flows into you, fills you, promises everything: bright birds singing, angels bringing coffee with cream, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Cantus for Still Water

Manoa , Volume 25 (1) – Jul 10, 2013

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R O B E R T R I C E 1. river This business of water flowing always toward some farther-off place-- I'm beginning to think it's no accident. If we walked up that road and watched firs beside it turn to dust, if we stood stock-still and listened, the slow breaking-apart of stones would tell us how it is with our lives, and we would come at last to this stream, surface streaked and riffled, one of the ocean's dreaming thoughts. What I'm hoping is here we are born as the earth. What I'm hoping: things indifferent to us will save us in the end. Say what you want to, everything here is scripture-- the way water slides from alder leaves, the way small waves wash a streambed rock, the way the outstretched arm of that conifer brushes the current, longing to follow the water downstream. All I know today: I want to be rain. 2. bridge You know how it is-- you walk onto a bridge, look downstream, then up and up again, and keep looking upstream while the inexhaustible river flows into you, fills you, promises everything: bright birds singing, angels bringing coffee with cream,

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 10, 2013

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