Books and dragonflies

The river is both change and sameness
It’s an endless new beginning
from its birth in raindrops, rivulets and streams
through the rush of waterfalls, the sluggish
movement under bridges to its ceaseless
death in being swallowed by the salt of sea.

But for a dragonfly
its change is more from weather than from
flow of water.
The river is its home, a source for food, a library and grave.
It’s the dragonfly that’s changed, the river is the same.

A river is a book.
We read it, and we travel from its birth to death.
Meandering, cascading, we widen into lakes,
we grow and grow until at last we reach its end,
and feel like dying in the waves.
But when we shelf it, dogeared loved and broken
words remain unchanged and we are changed
like dragonflies.

From a hike in Norway

Today we have a guest at dVerse poetics who prompts us to write about rivers. It could be as metaphor, it could be mythology. The choice is yours. Come and tell us of rivers.

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March 21, 2017

35 responses to “Books and dragonflies

  1. Oh my goodness. This.is.good. You really outdid yourself with this poem. “broken words remain unchanged and we are changed
    like dragonflies.”…This is splendid Bjorn.Words cannot say.

  2. So Beautiful 🙂 Absolute Lyrical Splendour!

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  3. I admire the twin themes of sameness and changing, for both the dragonfly and the river. Words will always remain, but we are forever changed like dragonflies !

  4. I wrote men before reading yours, & found them quite similar; smile–consistent shared themes perhaps–both of us aware of the river’s demise as it chokes in brine–yet there is a renewal as well.

  5. This is exactly the kind of poem I imagined you might write when I thought up this prompt. It moves like a River. It blends in the mythological Dragonfly and has metaphor hiding in deep pools to refresh us along the way as we contemplate beginnings and endings and the whole circle of things. Epic. Thank You.

  6. This is exquisite poetry. I once read that all the waters of the world are one, and your journey from raindrop to ocean reminded me of that. Once to the ocean, drawn up into the clouds and the cycle renews. Thank you for this!

  7. Books and dragonflies – right up my river, Björn! I’ve had to remove my dragonfly pendant as the chain irritated my neck but I;’m looking for a replacement chain. The group of infant schools I volunteer with is called The Dragonfly Foundation. We have dragonflies in our garden that come up from the Broads! And the house is full of books!
    My favourite lines:
    ‘The river is its home, a source for food, a library and grave.
    It’s the dragonfly that’s changed, the river is the same’
    and
    ‘But when we shelf it, dogeared loved and broken
    words remain unchanged and we are changed
    like dragonflies’.

  8. Loving the contrariness of this in the river, time and the journeys of both. Wonderful natural images to buttress the underlying theme of change and no change. Excellent!

  9. My goodness this is good! ❤️ Especially love; “A river is a book. We read it, and we travel from its birth to death. Meandering, cascading, we widen into lakes, we grow and grow until at last we reach its end,and feel like dying in the waves.” Beautifully executed.

  10. Never thought of the river as a book. Though it can teach us much, loved the analogy to something I treasure a lot – books. Rivers can be books and shelved in thought. Nice one Bjorn!

  11. Loving rivers, I love this poem too, which captures everything that is true of them and then goes further.

  12. this write is something to ponder. natural water forms die because we change our environment, like a dragonfly change. we need to act strong on conserving our natural environment life how we shelf our books to preserve. nice thoughts! i hope i did get your message right. 🙂

  13. Beautiful reflections. I can certainly relate to your concluding stanza. The poem has a gentle flow like a cascading river.

  14. Your river poem is truly alive… both book and lore; flesh and myth… this is amazing work.

  15. This is, quite simply put, an amazing piece.
    “The river is its home, a source for food, a library and grave.”
    To bring together the river and the dragonfly….and then this sentence which leads to all the rest……
    wonderful!

  16. It is good contention to play contrast and similarities that can bring out the changes that follow. It gets the story going in many directions!

    Hank

  17. Beautiful. I loved the line about the river, ‘its ceaseless
    death in being swallowed by the salt of sea,’ but also love the last stanza and its allusions.

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