Rushing Rivers

Rushing Rivers

rain, spring, poetry

fast flowing currents

mind and body tossed about

heart knows to let go


fear dragging me down

gasping for air I gulp and

surrender to love


Our normally meandering creeks have turned into roaring rivers. We’ve already had 7″ of rain for May when we usually have about 3.2″ for the whole month. This means our creeks are full and running fast, with kayakers having a blast. Here are some photos from a friend’s recent outing.Β Images by Dan Daniel.Β 

kayaking, King's River

We’ve had flash floods with some of the rivers overflowing, yet my yard and garden are thriving. Much like our minds in the haiku, we often need to let go and flow with life. Β πŸ™‚




10 thoughts on “Rushing Rivers

  1. I love a rushing river, but sure hope everyone stays safe in your area with those flash flood warnings. I’m happy to hear your yard and garden are thriving, hope your spirit is thriving today too! Great photo and haiku Brad. πŸ™‚

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  2. Yes when we bring our thoughts back and centre them in ‘Love’ we quieten the storm inside that rages like the torrents of thoughts we let flood our minds.. πŸ™‚ Great Poetry Brad.. and it seems the theme around the world with rain and floods in many places its not visited before..
    April for us was one of the warmest.. May however turned cool and wet, with many torrential down pours even hail yesterday that turned my lawn white.. πŸ™‚ Crazy weather..

    Looks like your friend was having a ball in the white water.. πŸ™‚ .. I hope your garden isn’t suffering too much Brad..
    Sending thoughts your way for warmer dryer weather .. πŸ™‚

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  3. Thanks Sue. I like your phrase to center our thoughts in love! πŸ™‚ I still having many opportunities to practice quieting the storm, and I’m being more mindful, returning to the present, my breath, heart and other centering practices. Yes my friend was having a blast and I’m itching to go play too. Yes, the weather seems to be more varied and changing all over the globe. I can’t help but wonder if nature is restoring balance in her own way.
    May we live in harmony with our minds, hearts, nature and all life, centered in love. πŸ™‚


  4. There’s a campground in the Smoky Mountains (Elkmont) where we try to go as a family once a year. There is one campsite in particular, B10, that we always try to reserve. It sits right on the river. It’s almost as if you can feed off its energy – the sound, the sight, the smell – you can perceive its power with more than just your five senses. Flowing water has always held a place close to my heart, reminding me to – as you say – flow with life. It’s only in letting go that we gain any semblance of control in our lives. Thanks Brad, I appreciate your image and words πŸ™‚

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  5. The Smoky Mountains are one of my favorite national parks, though I haven’t been in almost 20 years. The lushness of the forests is wonderful, and I like your perspective on the river. I find the sound and feeling too distracting for me to sleep by a fast moving river. Maybe another lesson in letting go! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for your support and contribution Dave.


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