poem: the strongest of bodies

the strongest of bodies

i am a river

always moving

ever changing

my waters flow

through dry lands

spawning new growth

Iin desolate places

i am a river

pushing onward

in my own direction

finding another part

of me in each new place

you may try to catch me,

block me, stop me

even capture just

a handful of me


you will never

be able to take

all of me

©  Kimberly Williams Shorter, 1996.