Urban River

Mikesjournal August 2007

Urban River

River of my youth

My love you have not aged well

You taught me to swim

We had bold adventures

Pirate dreams,

Jungle swings,

Told me secret stories

Soothed my insect bites

In your medicinal mud.

 

River of my youth

A prisoner now

After the flood

When in a fit youthful exuberance

Drunk with the excess of some tropical rain storm

You washed away seventeen

Houses.

So they encased you in concrete

Sentenced you to a slow sad death

Scared the children away.

No more secret stories now

Your medicinal mud a festering sore.

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