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Author Topic: Rivers
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Post Rivers
on: December 8, 2013, 12:49

...change the course of a stream
and you change the course of history

Nile, Amazon, Yangtze, Mississippi,
Yenisei, Yellow, Ob-Irtysh,
Rio de la Plata, Congo, Argun...
welcome to the world's longest rivers.

flooding, cut-offs, channels, dams
have changed their pattern...

names to conjure images
Niger, Murray, Volga, Rio Grande,
Danube, Ganges, Dneiper,
Volta, Fraser, Elbe and Loire...

rivers unite, rivers divide,
rivers pollute, rivers provide

English rivers mark our fortunes
Thames and Medway, Arun, Avon,
Exe and Tamar, Taw and Parrett,
the tidal Severn with its bore
the wooded Wye a national boundary
Bristol's Avon, Shakespeare's Avon,
Dee, Mersey, Ribble, Lune and Eden,
Tweed and Tyne, Wear and Tees,
Derwent, Ure, Wharfe and Aire,
Trent and Witham, Nene and Ouse,
Wensum, Stour...

from farmers' ditches, runnels, streams
in mountains, hills and moorland slopes
to tidal estuaries and bays...

change the course of a stream
and you change the course of history

Poem & illustration:Tony French
Illustration: from original photo by Hilary French

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