Bursting Banks: SJ Murphy

As doors close events rush back

Assembling in order as occurred.

Thoughts in this tiny room

A cell of words, of music, of sometime peace.

 

Doors close and worlds converge

Like tiny streams meeting high amid the rocks

And flow downhill colliding, merging

Like events that build your being, your head, your heart.

 

Flowing downstream, ever gathering pace

Resembling a river taking shape

Rushing ever faster, bearing

Houseboats, barges, dependants both.

 

Wider – and wider, stronger  – and stronger the flow,

A stagnant front dumps and bursts river banks.

A crisis – midflow, midlife – averted, the river takes shape once more

And flows within constraints of reeded banks.

 

Rivers flow, they sometimes burst their banks

With time – disasters avoided –

Some doors close and events rush back

Assembling in order as they occurred.

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