Photo: Poem: Urban Stream

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Twin Ponds Stream
Photo by Vicki Westberg

Urban Stream

Combed by coho, groomed by grass

her language is microsong

high-pitched and fast.

She teases the doodlebug, dragonfly, sticks.

She flashes, splashes, sprays and spits.

She jumps and bumps,

all dappled and dimpled

flirting, squirting, gurgling dribbles.

Nibbling ripples of bubbles appear

as well as regular floods of tears.

Coyotes kiss this hide-n-seek creek

and possums cross her

while you and I sleep.

Sunbeams explode and moonbeams meander

directing airborne creatures to land there.

Her earth hard host cradles the flow,

and leaves gifts of gravel

above and below.

At the end of her baptismal slide

she climbs the rain cloud

for another ride.

Copyright 2011, Vicki Westberg


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