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River Poems

River Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about rivers. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for river.

Poem Topics Related to River

tributary, estuary, stream, run, creek, brook, rivulet, course, watercourse, branch, rill, beck, runnel,

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Premium Member The Passing of the Beast
The Passing of the Beast – fantasy poem
copyright 2015 by jon gutmacher

Fore the beast was dying
and there was nothing for her to do
. . . and as he took his last breath
his hand touched hers
and she knew
in that very brief...Read More
Categories: river, fantasy, loss, lost love, sad love,
Form: Free verse

Zen Death Haiku
Brittle autumn leaves
crumble to dust
in the freezing wind.
—Takao, translation by Michael R. Burch

This frigid season
nothing but the shadow
of my corpse survives.
—Tadatomo, translation by Michael R. Burch

With the departing year
I have hidden my graying hair
from my parents.
Ochi Etsujin, translation by Michael...Read More
Categories: river, death,
Form: Haiku
The Black Cat that crossed my path
You are nothing but a cliché,
You used the L word every day.
Then you went and danced the slow dance,
 With that sad girl filled with romance.
Oh You are my unlucky charm.
You are my misery and harm.

I saw a black cat...Read More
Categories: river, 10th grade,
Form: ABC
Premium Member Turtle Mania

Leatherback, murray river, matama
Hawksbill, common musk and spiny soft shell.
Loggerhead, Atlantic green, alligator snapping
Turtles are we, in every country we dwell.

The largest sea turtle reaches eight hundred pounds.
A leatherback whose love for jellyfish abounds.
Alligator snapping is one fourth of leatherback’s...Read More
Categories: river, animal, fun,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member praying hard for snow days
I was born in the hearth of the snowbelt
knee deep winters-pond hockey 
a long driveway with a small coal shovel
pegging cars with snow balls
long slogs to school
slow brained learner
like an icy march river
-praying so hard for snow days
...Read More
Categories: river, childhood,
Form: Free verse

In the absence of complication
In the absence of complication,
trials and tribulations become distant memories.
Above sapphire skies delight sanguine eyes -
inspiring forthcoming musings of the mind

Why, had the circumstances been not so 
You would have listened to my frail voice
As it strives to step on...Read More
Categories: river, crush, desire, for him, i love you,
Form: Free verse
Peaceful Riverside
If you feel all of a dither
Go and sit quietly by a river
Take a book and a tipple
Listen to the river ripple 
Take a sip and a peaceful read
You may find this is all you need
...Read More
Categories: river, 10th grade,
Form: Rhyme
Kaleidoscope eyes

Picture yourself in a boat on a river
sailing along with the moon in your eyes
Following dreams found to make your heart quiver
with tangerine trees and marmalade skies

Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
counting the words in between all your sighs
Seeing...Read More
Categories: river, fantasy,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Young Man With the Worst Luck
The young man had all kinds of pluck,
Unfortunately he was out of luck.
Last name unknown. First name was Chuck.
His Daddy called him a young spring buck.

His car was often in the muck.
Thought this would change if he got a truck.
Bought...Read More
Categories: river, 6th grade, 8th grade,
Form: Monorhyme
Premium Member Escape From The Abyss
Walking all alone through the bleak abyss
The ravens watching from silhouette trees
Inspiration dead, writing I did miss 
A dark event put me down on my knees.

In the distance I saw gold rays of light
I hoped and prayed that it was...Read More
Categories: river, depression, dream, journey, muse,
Form: Sonnet
The Radiant River
The radiant river is where I ought to be 
The radiant river is here to set us free
The radiant river is there to supply our endless needs
The radiant river is beyond the wild, reckless weeds

Streams of blood ripple in my...Read More
Categories: emotions, hope, river,
Form: Free verse
What is life
Life is about living all time before death
Life is adventure of what could be done instead of I can't do it
Life is gift to explore where we born
Life is beautiful because it has all colors to paint our way
Life is...Read More
Categories: river, absence, addiction, adventure, appreciation, art, autumn, journey,
Form: I do not know?
love will never die
IF you stand, no action can take place.
My brains will never stop thinking about you.
River wont stop flowing, unless water is finished.
My love to you it just like a flowing river.
I will stop see you in my mind by my...Read More
Categories: river, funny love,
Form: ABC
life- game of river
rubbed out all sorrow
I am not in soreness of past
reminiscent note books is not for me
it seems all are in fake truth
fate is subtraction of my ahead
passerby I am all through loneliness
destined of meaningless wandering
all paths busy counter of slothful...Read More
Categories: river, life,
Form: Free verse
I can’t abstain playing of this water-flow-air-soil ;
River arrive to my home breaking bank.
Kite arrive to fly me cloud by cloud
Fire arrive to burn it’s branch through me.
Fish arrive with net catching me
Steamer arrive to ride on me
Library arrive to...Read More
Categories: river, humor, image, spiritual,
Form: Prose Poetry
Premium Member The Honey Masquerade in Delta

"The Honey Masquerade in Delta"

Love and Lust

The Others dissolve
who cares, Lovers don't - 
Lovers are in a world of their own

Lovers dance 
through shadows

Love and Lust
play their own game

Unafraid, they play
Day into Night
Night into Day

Burning sweet like toffee
they play,

The Honey...Read More
Categories: river, adventure, desire, love, lust, mirror, romance, sensual,
Form: Romanticism
After the Rain

After the rain

I share your pain
Let me lessen the burden
Hold my hand
Let me wrap my arms 
Around your frame 

Hold you close 
‘till our river overflows with 
our heart’s nose
I feel the fire in your heart
That lives for the...Read More
Categories: river, birth, creation, death, destiny, grandmother, grave, love,
Form: Free verse
Mercury Transit
I noticed several telescopes
As I was walking by
Along the river; all were pointed
At the morning sky.

The reason? For a rare event
When Mercury is seen
In transit passing by the sun,
Not part of its routine.

It won’t be viewed again from here
‘Til 2049
When...Read More
Categories: river, sky,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member IN THE WILD Re Post
( Re Post)

Early one morning, we begin our drive,
An awesome feeling as we arrive,
At our camp gate which, opens 
At six o’clock, 
Now we are in the African bush
Which, will unlock,
Moments that we have missed and
Remember from...Read More
Categories: river, animal,
Form: Free verse
Shut Your Mouth Jane Fonda said with love
what the!
did you say
we the people
are living
in a bad new age

we can no longer
live in a melodramatic
irredeemable way!

oblivious to
what, we do
and how it will
hurt the children
of today

you say
we the community
need to act
in a uncivilized way
clean up this 
right away

and do...Read More
Categories: river, celebrity, children, earth, environment, international, motivation, science,
Form: Lyric
Silent Waters Run Deep
S-ilent waters run deep, 
M-aking the river stay serene; 
I-t's truly nice to know
T-hat the insight is

G-et the message from the words, 
U-sing not the loud noise; 
M-eaning of the phrases
A-ims not for the shallow voice.
W-isdom from heaven above
I-s truly...Read More
Categories: river, birthday,
Form: Acrostic
Premium Member Because They Were In Love
I attended my sisters wedding
as she married an Italian man quite charming
the promise between them a delicate flower
the wedding was in a huge church with a thousand stairs
or so it seemed
while they vowed their love in the church it began...Read More
Categories: river, love,
Form: Free verse
Defend and guard '17
She looks at him

His hair hanging down his face
Tears replaced

His eyes open
The tears rolled back in place

She speaks to him
Words so soft spoken

My friend you are not broken
My heart is your new token

Take me in
Let me in

I can be so...Read More
Categories: river, fate,
Form: Free verse
I found a freezing cold river deep in the woods
Awakening the blood of Tiamat in brown peat soil water
I am a meteoritic iron libation cup, a chunk of fossilized salt
My red heart growing deeper into dead Cambrian stamens
My lungs are...Read More
Categories: river, beauty, earth, humanity, longing, places,
Form: Free verse
Becoming a storage facility is a necessary accomplishment,
but what I really long to become when I grow up is a conduit.

For my entire Christian life span, I have heard the admonition,
"Let Him have His way".  The meaning of the...Read More
Categories: river, christian, god, sea, water,
Form: Prose Poetry