Walking alone by the River

My heart sick, a welter

Of strange lights dancing

In the overwhelming gloom

I ask

Oh Guide, be with me…

And there you are again

Old Friend,

Who has been with me

Since I can remember!

In all weathers

Hot, cold, wet, dry, fine,


You are there,

Closer than close

My most beloved

Faithful and stalwart



Not saying much

Just there


River Walk with a Friend

Trudi Lee Richards

Author, poet, Spanish-English translator; Activist and community builder. Member of the international Community of Silo's Message (www.silosmessage.net) and its Portland, Oregon and Red Bluff, California communities (www.RedBluffPark.org) Published work includes "On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo," "Soft Brushes with Death, a Jorge Espinet Primer," "Fish Scribbles," and "Experiences on the Threshold - with Silo's Message." Also publisher and editor of "Human Future," an independent review published in San Francisco, California, from 1989 to 1996. Mother of five grown kids/stepkids and five step grandkids; Long ago graduate of Stanford University; Lives in Portland, Oregon.