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Best River Poems

Below are the all-time best River poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of river poems written by PoetrySoup members


Premium Member Crying River
Crying River (The Untold Ballad) 

Undercover waters of rain dash
Cold children, no smiling splash
Tragic sobs, epic force of the mountain rain
Beautiful as it may seem...

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© SKAT A   Create an image from this poem.
Categories: river, beautiful, cry, deep, freedom,
Form: Ballad



Premium Member The river and I
I move with the river, it moves with me
We move in synchronicity
My thoughts flow with currents
Push my feelings around the bends
It heals my wounds, the...

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Categories: endurance, river,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Life On The River
A balance in life can solve the riddle. 
To find the balance, start in the middle.
Distractions from the banks may lead us wrong.
Go with the...

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© Bill Baker  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: emotions, life, pain, river,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member River

Heart throbbing, euphoric,
like a giant slalom skier
the river gushes down
winding its reckless way
round obstacles and blind corners
unawed by imposing mountains
till it finally comes to the...

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Categories: analogy, river,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Alluring River
The river looks calm and inviting,
 a natural gift of beauty.


Waterfowl inhabit to feed and nest.
A gateway shared by creatures,
dangers hidden beneath.


The river is beautifully...

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Categories: appreciation, bird, nature, river,
Form: Rhyme



Premium Member Lily of the Nile
Lily of the Nile 

O Lily of the Nile, your enchanting
purple starburst blooms
rise on naked stalks to greet

lovers on their river stroll as
nature lifts their...

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Categories: beauty, flower, river,
Form: Verse
Premium Member LAKE'S MUSIC


To find solace from misty tides that curve,
In low beats gently weaving their way
Along the coastline where our town rests:
This aging lake I knew as...

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Categories: peace, river, song,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Waterfalls Of Expectations

spilling mother’s milk
Nature’s bounty feeds her child -
river’s youth fades fast


Susan Ashley
April 29, 2020


~ Fourth Place ~
Premiere Contest: Hi-Ku (5)
Sponsor: Brian Strand

...

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Categories: beauty, life, nature, river,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member A Piece of Winter
Take away the frost of winter,
rid the land of biting snow,
then who would praise the warmth of August,
how could April rivers flow?

Hush the deafening crash...

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© John Watt  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: april, august, river, seasons,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member A Simple Whim- POTD

How I wish to scuttle alone,
over a gentle river,
from bank to bank,
in a small boat,
rowed with a bamboo pole.

The call of the wild is an...

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Categories: cheer up, fantasy, river,
Form: Verse
Premium Member The Last Call
He left his sneakers by the shore
A backpack too, was laid aside
to pick up when the sun had died

He claimed his other gear, instead
The thrill...

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Categories: river, bereavement, death, death of
Form: Free verse
Ode to Mother Ganga
No mere river, thou art nation’s heartbeat,
That you came from heaven may be a myth,
Not, that for people’s good ye fell beneath,
For centuries ye buoy,...

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Categories: mother, river,
Form: Ode
Premium Member rivers bank
by rivers memory bank - flowing current eddies of you...

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Categories: memory, river,
Form: Monoku
Eddy In The Mirror
A long hard look softens to the touch
life lines   rivers that ebbed and flowed
the midstream upstream fight
has left its nicks and scars
but the...

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Categories: image, metaphor, river, water,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Going With The Flow
Some thoughts on the subject of going with the flow.
Some different viewpoints that you may want to know.
Don’t fight against the current it knows where...

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© Bill Baker  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: life, metaphor, river,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member The Bridge
I walk towards you,
as you stand waiting at the center of the bridge.

Beneath my feet, aged timbers span the churning river below.
With each step I...

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Categories: river, adventure, child, growing up,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member LAND OF MINE


Mine is a land of golden rivers
And glowing sunsets that melt your heart 
A long history of native people in harmony 
With lush wildlife and...

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Categories: river, beautiful, nature, ocean, patriotic,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member When we were young
When we were young
And the world was new
The fields all green
And sky so blue

We were in awe of each new day
Our waking hours were all...

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Categories: river, adventure, blue, child, fun,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Ode to holy Ganga- Constanza
Oh Ganga! river so revered
your holiness purifies deep
if thy essence we let in seep.

From lord Shiva's hair you appeared
down the mighty Himalayas
quenching the thirsty souls...

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Categories: river,
Form: Rhyme
The Reunion
In the beginning it is just a lovely cloud
Collin comes across her in the coffee house
One of his friends calls his attention
Look, your mom is...

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Categories: river, anxiety, beauty, joy, mother,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Romantic Waters
Romantic Waters

Romance dwells in moving waters
Cerulean lake lapping the shore...
Moonlight cast across the waves
As the sea sings of passion's amour.

Kayaking on the Russian river
In twilight's...

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Categories: river, romantic, water,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member sung


sung buddhist prayers
released afloat spring rivers
    a skyward mist



AP: Honorable Mention 2020

Submitted on March 5, 2018, for contest HAIKU, THEME: WATER ...

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Categories: river, devotion, inspirational love, prayer,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member big brown bear
big strong furry brown
fishing for salmon with paws~
prancing through flowers   




Date Written: 4/12/2022

3 Place 

Howmanysyllables.com
Wild Animal Haiku Poetry Contest Haiku poetry form only.     Sponsored...

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Categories: river, fish, fishing, flower, humor,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member The Battles Of Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift


In eighteen seventy nine; twenty second of January 
Was the day of a great battle and for the Zulus victory 
At Isandlwana the Zulu army...

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Categories: africa, england, river, soldier,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member A Day In May
Allured ripples of sparkling lips
Through meadows fanned by fragrant breeze
Her face I’ve touched with fingertips
Along floral banks which appease.
While waters brisk with melody
Aid one's journey...

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Categories: happy, river,
Form: Rhyme