This poem is many years old now, it was something I wrote for my wedding, indeed for my wife…(By the way I still chatter endlessly- though she isn’t always so silent!)
From Stream to Land
You found me. I was nothing.
A chattering worm that blundered aimlessly,
Seemingly without direction,
But you took my innocence and crafted me.
You fed me gave me strength and then
When you had appeased my glut
You battered me.
How I raged as you forced me to walk the paths
You had chosen.
I twisted and turned, spat and roared at you,
Drowning all in a deafening cry, which filled the hills.
Yet you stood silent and sure.
You stood silent as I was watched.
People marvelled at my anger, were awed by my power-
You stood silent.
And then it all drained away and you and I once more
Through sunny glade, hand in hand
Sometimes silently, you would lead me on another path
Sometimes we sat
And watched the leaves
As they were born, grew old and died.
And on we walked
And I grew ever stronger.
I sometimes ask myself
How much it has cost you all these years?
How much you lose for me, and in me?
Yet our trail blazes
But the roars grow ever stronger.
How I roar.
And you stand silent. The tensions beyond power.
How I fight, never minding who might watch.
And still I fight. Still you stand, silent, giving me
The power, giving me my voice.
Knowing we will walk
Forever hand in hand.
Until we meet the sea.
To my wife,
whom I love as much now as ever.