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Shaped by the River

Silvery ripples and swirls of viridian currents
Moving through ancient gorges,
	Molding and shaping solid shades of gray granite…
Soft and round, 
Craggy and sharp,
Here and There…

Solid rock thrusting up 
Shaped by shifting currents of the river
		Rising and falling,
		Rushing and fading,
		Over time.

Who knows where 
The current will go next
Or what shape the rocks will take,
Over time.

	The river and rocks remain,
	One, solid and steady,
	The other, fluid and ever-moving.

Sitting here
	My heart longs to shed its burdens
	To let them slide like a rock into the gently swirling water
	And be carried away by the swiftly flowing current beneath the surface.

I want to know …
	Can I remain solid and steady, yet fluid,
                As the currents of change swirl 
                Around me?
I want to know …
                Can I be molded and reshaped 
                As the river of life courses
                Through me?

I want to know …
               Can I be moved in new directions by love, 
               Harmonious and true to the voice of my heart 
               Echoing in the ancient gorge of my own soul?

The only answer that comes
              Is the flow of my tears and 
              The sound of the river as it continues 
              To ripple and run around the rocks. 

             Is enough, 
             For now.

Copyright © Krista Kurth

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  1. Date: 3/3/2010 11:37:00 PM
    Congratulations on your featured poem this week. Enjoy the honor. Ernilando

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 6:28:00 AM
    congrats on the featured poem!! Good work!!

  1. Date: 12/22/2009 3:28:00 PM
    Congratulations on being a first round survivor and the best to you in the finals Krista. I wish you the best in your writing endeavors in 2010 whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:17:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 5:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on having this creative poem make it to the finals! Good use of imagery. Best wishes in the next round! Keep on writing. Karen

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 1:28:00 PM
    Congratulations on making it to round two with this poem, Krista! Wishing you joy and happiness in the New Year, love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 10:56:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 12/3/2009 12:35:00 PM
    Manycongrats on your wonderful piece being featured this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 12/1/2009 4:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your excellent poem being featured this week Krista. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/30/2009 12:22:00 PM
    Many congratulations on your poem being featured Krista >> James

  1. Date: 11/30/2009 10:04:00 AM
    Krista, Congratulations on your feature this week. Sincerely, Love, Moses

  1. Date: 11/30/2009 5:53:00 AM
    Excellente write. Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. A. W.

  1. Date: 9/11/2009 10:35:00 AM
    wonderful!! very poeticly written.

  1. Date: 9/4/2009 10:15:00 AM
    Awesome write here, Krista !! I got furious when Sarah Palin said that "the only thing that goes with the flow is dead fish" ... what a gross excuse for a woman ... LOL ... all your questions will be answered as will mine as I bask in my 66th year ... smile ... I'm so glad you've brought your talent to PoetrySoup !!

  1. Date: 8/2/2009 7:01:00 PM
    ohhhh!!! you are good!!! very talented Lady! Krista!! I play along the Mississippi (pick berries, hike,etc...) in Wisconsin in the summer, I love this poem!! james (ps. this poem was posted on my birthday! 6/14/56 flag-day!) thats why I sign my name different sometimes...I'm gemini!!!

  1. Date: 7/18/2009 6:23:00 PM
    This is really a good metaphor comparing a natural river and it's gorge,to the river of life flowin through one's own body and soul, to reshape, the intent. Godly love Moses!

  1. Date: 7/9/2009 11:18:00 AM
    Simply Outstanding and a beautiful poem. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/6/2009 11:49:00 AM
    very nice write! I had a thought..why not write us of how "your tears reshape you as the river reshaped the land?" Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/14/2009 2:57:00 PM
    Beautifully creative write Krista>>James