River Heartless

You are river, running wild
You are river running high.
I’m a footpath rarely walked
I’m a footpath, make me cry

No cairn is needed, I follow river
I ask for nothing, you’re my giver
You are darkness river heartless.

My doom is drowning, suffocating,
but for you I’m helpless
You my darkness river heartless.

Every step will bring me closer
to the ocean, with your motion
to the point when all is over.

You are river, running wild
You are river running high.
I’m a footpath rarely walked
I’m a footpath, make me cry.

No cairn is needed, I follow river
I ask for nothing, you’re my giver
You are darkness river heartless.

Copyright Björn Rudberg

Today Mish asks us to write poetry inspired by songs and songlyrics at dVerse… I checked the most listened song according to my last.fm account, and it turned out to be Follow Rivers by Lycke Li… Check it out here:

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AUgust 15, 2017

37 responses to “River Heartless

  1. Whew. I am fanning myself over this hotness. Yes, ~definitely a song on its own. I love this section:

    “I’m a footpath, make me cry.
    No cairn is needed, I follow river
    I ask for nothing, you’re my giver
    You are darkness river heartless.”

    Any chance you’re going to sing it for us? 🙂

  2. This is wonderful Bjorn. Thank you for introducing me to Li – wow. This is so lyrical and flows like a river. the last stanza blows me away. Excellent!

  3. I’m listening to “Rare Auld Times” by the Dubliners, and it’s rhythm fits so well to your words. Wonderful poem, Bjorn!

  4. You’ve written a song, Bjorn! I could hear the rhythm and a tune as I read the words. I smiled at the lines:
    ‘I’m a footpath rarely walked
    I’m a footpath, make me cry’.

  5. A wonderful song & sonnet, brother. I imagine Dave Matthews singing it. My effort is pure ballad, pure L. Cohen.

  6. Wow, Bjorn, i love this. One of my favourites of yours. I love the form, the rhythm , thre rhyme and, especially what this poem says……..sigh. the river wild. So beautiful.

  7. Awesome, Björn! Hypnotic, hymnotic (if that’s not a word, it should be). This poem has repetition and the essential element of poetry; a wild river. It sings well, too!

  8. The wild and heartless river. Every verse pulls the reader into the flow. This poem, in itself, is a heart song. I’m a footpath rarely walked, I’m a footpath, make me cry… powerful words, that speak to the soul.

  9. An interesting exercise that has rendered an entralling – rather mesmerizing – piece.

  10. I’m a sucker for rivers (having grown up by one) . I love the flow (!) of your song.

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