Call of the River by Stephen Jarrell Williams

Left home hours ago
barefoot cool earth
night stars

through last of woods
down along the river

slipping into water knee-high
standing a moment
ready to dance
cool tease of deeper waters

stripping to trees
fluttering leaves
branches easing within dark
someone there

river pulling
neck-deep flow
over sand and rock and roots

on shore the world demon

moon cut
mother calling

decision already made
floating down the river
stone blue
blending into depths.

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