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Mobile Photography & Art – Saturday Poetry – ‘Riverkeeper’ by Margaret Gibson

This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled Riverkeeper by Margaret Gibson. She was born in Richmond, Virginia. She received a BA from Hollins College and an MFA from the University of Virginia. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (LSU Press, 2018); Broken Cup (LSU Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2016 Poets’ Prize; The Vigil: A Poem in Four Voices (LSU Press, 1993), a finalist for the National Book Award; and Long Walks in the Afternoon (LSU Press, 1982), a Lamont Poetry Selection. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, Gibson was named the poet laureate of Connecticut in 2019. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Connecticut, and lives in Preston, Connecticut.

I have matched artwork by @elsienah – Els Brouwer with this poem. You can view her Instagram feed here.

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‘Riverkeeper’ by Margaret Gibson

Wanting to be that place where inner

and outer meet, this morning

I’m listening to the river inside—

also to the river out the window, river

of sun and branch shadow, muskrat

and mallard, heron, and the rattled cry

of the kingfisher. Out there is a tree

whose roots the river has washed so often

the tree stretches beyond itself, its spirit

like mine, leaning out over the water, held

only by the poised astonishment

of being here. This morning, listening

to the river inside, I’m sinking into a stillness

where what can’t be said stirs beneath

currents of image and memory, below strata

of muons and quarks, now rushes, now hushes

and pools, now casts a net of bright light

so loosely woven there’s a constellation

afloat on the surface of the river, so still

I can almost hear it weave in and out—

interstellar, intercellular—and isn’t it

truly all one, one world, no in or out, no here

or there, seamless, as a lily about to open

from just here into everywhere, is. Just is.

Restful lily. Lucky lily. To bloom must feel

like a river’s brightening at daybreak,

or a slow kiss, a throb in the elapse of time,

a shudder of heron shadow flying over

shallows that are merely the apparent

skim of a depth whose bottomless surface

seeps everywhere, bloom and retraction,

an anchored flow that upholds city

and cathedral, bridge and gate,

Orion, odd toad in the Amazon, blue dragonfly,

what it is to love… Spoil a river, you spoil all this.

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