Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Bridge of God





this river flows, Pilgrim, down
to daraja mungu, the bridge of God.
upstream, the rushing waters chocked between rocks
some parted under the sturdy roots of mukuyu, the baobab
others, in a moment of youthful folly, broke banks
as if, like fish, they could live on dryland

so, the cool waters thus flow
many a drunkard tested their levels
not with sticks but their knees
the small curls, sensual yet unbridled
deep mangroves roots held tight
where this river leads, pray pilgrim,
we might not know; yet, it holds such
depth of conviction


Poem shared with: Magpie Tales




17 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

What an absolutely beautiful poem, from this image....I love all of the African names of tree and vegetation......baobab, and mukuyu.......sigh.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wowzers, you have a huge following on Twitter, fellow pilgrim!!!!!! Cool! I dont tweet. The intricacies of cell phones are beyond me, never mind tweeting and twittering..........the birds in my brains do enough of that:)

Kutamun said...

You have an insight of the river that has many layers. Great words, thanks .

Carrie Burtt said...

Utterly beautiful! I love the title as well! Brilliant writing Salem!!

Tess Kincaid said...

Deep and beautiful...lots of lovely word textures here...

Brian Miller said...

whew...that second stanza is powerful...this pilgrim is praying...smiles...

Helen said...

This is lovely ... gently unfolding, flowing.

Trellissimo said...

I could sense the waters flowing round my knees - wishful thinking! LOL

echoes of the hills said...

Thanks Koko. I will be teaching you them bit by bit.

echoes of the hills said...

Ha ha ha, Koko. I will be your good ambassador on that front. Smiles.

echoes of the hills said...

Thanks @Kutamun. Welcome to these sacred hills.

echoes of the hills said...

You are welcome, @Currie Burtt. There is a bridge by that name in my village.

echoes of the hills said...

Thanks a lot, @Tess Kincaid. Thanks for the prompt. Great work you are doing. :)

echoes of the hills said...

Brian Miller, thanks a lot of dropping by. If there ever is somebody who has taken commenting platform to a whole new level, then it is you! I appreciate this.

echoes of the hills said...

Thanks, @Helen. Welcome to these sacred hills. Smiles.

echoes of the hills said...

Much humbled, @Trellisimo. Thanks for making the maiden pilgrimage here.

Vandana Sharma said...

seems like whole world is a pilgrimage and such a holy palce to live

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