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River Poems | Examples of River Poetry

River Poems - Examples of all types of river poetry to share and read. This list of new poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, and famous poem examples for river.

New Poems

Joggers in context
Murdead Whales. Come Viles, to roo'n mankind; Messied Wonts and Voors, cling the grassied side-be-side; Mersey's waves in vastest willeddest Summertime, Mer-drer's muggying Wives, jost, ve' lost, in weeds an trashline....Read More
Categories: corruption, nature, river,
Form: Rhyme

Premium Member sometimes I own the sky
Sometimes my space is small and all it takes is the whisper of a thought to knock me down. Sometimes I own the sky, my gesture wide engulfs the furtherest gull to fly, beyond where thoughts...Read More
Categories: river, dream, flying, love, philosophy,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Father Thames
November's winter sun is bleeding low where cold Thames makes a tidal run and also gentler pewter flow towards the city docks, the sea, towards the rising of the sun A single coot beside a...Read More
Categories: river,
Form: Free verse
On the bayou
The house is creaking You hope it falls down You hope they scandalize their peers And have to leave town Hoping that old rain gets caught in their throats While they’re singing all the high notes And you hope...Read More
Categories: river, anxiety, community, death, depression,
Form: Free verse
Long Hug
Beyond horizon River runs along, seashore Awaiting long hug...Read More
Categories: beach, love, river,
Form: Haiku

River R u n s Rapid Salmon S w i m s Swift ...Read More
Categories: fish, race, river, water,
Form: Verse
Premium Member Hippopotamus
A young friendly hippopotamus lived by the river, across from us Then one day five hunters came Looking to shoot big easy game. * They put five bullets in his head And now our friendly hippos dead They should...Read More
Categories: africa, animal, river,
Form: Rhyme
ACROSTIC PLAY EXAMPLE 2 for contest 11/8/2020 M I Sailing up the mighty river towards Minneapolis snow Scratching the mosquito bites from head to toe I Scenery stunning the closer the cruise up North Several seasons succumb as we go forth I P P I Kim’s Acrostic...Read More
Categories: river,
Form: Acrostic
Running River
Soothing the river, it speaks in a nostalgic harmonious tongue...Read More
Categories: nostalgia, peace, river, sound,
Form: Haiku
I'm like the sudden rain beating old California to dance More
Categories: river, blessing, insect, inspiration, rain,
Form: Haiku
Mayfly Martyrdom
Note: Expanded version of Mayfly Martyrs Such an ethereal beauty. Petite in size but large on life. One would not expect its duty is solely for procreation. Yes, just this one, and nothing more, certainty is its life’s station. Each stage is...Read More
Categories: river, death, insect, life, nature,
Form: Rhyme
I found myself assured i found a boat and swept over the water like a marble fine and smooth skipping my vocals around resounding my heart strings...Read More
Categories: river, birth, boat, confidence, poetess,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member moonlit river
the moon cast shadows across the dark river bank ~ raptors hunting ground ...Read More
Categories: bird, night, river,
Form: Haiku
One Island In the sea. It spoke to me Come sun yourself and walk my silken shores. What’s this you say? You don’t see what I see? I show only My rough line. The rest, trust. ...Read More
Categories: river, environment, imagination, ocean, perspective,
Form: Tetractys
Premium Member Autumn chill
Seventeen skiffs and boats tethered In twos and threes on the river Thames With their canvas winter shrouds And rows of seagulls perched on each Almost perfectly aligned Heads towards honeysuckle skies Where low winter's...Read More
Categories: autumn, beauty, river,
Form: Free verse

Specific Types of River Poems

Definition | What is River in Poetry?