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,

Disastrous,

You are there,

Closer than close

My most beloved

Faithful and stalwart

Friend

Quiet

Not saying much

Just there

Smiling.

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.