Poem of the Week

River is the Plural of Rain by Rebecca Gethin

rainwater

Photo by Samantha Celera under CC license

Each of us is water    Carole Satyamurti

From a mouth of soil among sedge and willow
water calls out on its journey
to all its other selves: follow

follow us from the shallows into the deep. Below
the surface currents strain their sinews
spilling white foam over stones to follow

the earth vein where it flows,
furling and ravelling together
as stream follows after stream. 

Its pulse is the undertow,
its pores are the rain,
and every drop is dreaming of sky.

‘River is the Plural of Rain’ is copyright © Rebecca Gethin, 2009. It is reprinted from River is the Plural of Rain by permission of Oversteps Books.

For more information about the Poem of the Week, visit the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre.

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2 Responses to “Poem of the Week”
  1. Thomas Davis says:

    What a magic, magic poem. What an ending: and every drop is dreaming of sky.

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