The Ribbon of Truth


The River Dee at Linn of Dee, Braemar. Taken just as the light was fading. (The poem is about a mythical river)

The river flows on ’til it reaches the sea.
Through mountains and valleys, collecting debris;
feeding the plains, where it’s succour is spilt,
creating a verdant kaleidoscope quilt.
If obstacles bar the river’s old path,
it gouges another with obstinate wrath.
Nothing is impossible, and given some time,
the water’s passage is re-sculptured sublime.
Eventually the meandering journey will end.
Fresh water meets salt, a difficult blend.
Two become one. Each with the other exalts,
in the beginning of new, inspirational gestalts

The Ribbon of Truth flows freely from birth.
Each experience, each choice, assessed for it’s worth,
as a tweak in the ribbon, reflecting the soul.
It’s honesty, or otherwise; it’s virtues extol;
the mistakes, or the decisions so rashly made
are exhibited as parts of the ribbon, so frayed,
like the failings of life, thwarted expectations,
spent motivations and quiet lamentations.
Most ribbons are frayed, but the damage is slight,
but some are set free, blight-ridden, stringy white.
For every new life is given freedom to choose
honesty and truth, and to ardently refuse
the lesser path of greed, avarice and deceit,
aspiring to a life that is rich and complete.

At the end of the journey, when river meets sea,
At the end of a life, when the ribbon is set free,
both are consumed by a force and a power
that generates new life; a hunger to devour
all that passed previously, that failed in the truth;
to regain and extend the innocence of youth.
The river must flow without hindrance or fault.
The ribbon should love and honesty exalt.

Photograph is my own.


2 Responses to “The Ribbon of Truth”

  1. November 2, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I stumble upon your blog while Tag surfing..
    Nice contents and beautiful Poems..

  2. 2 kimmikat
    November 2, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Many thanks for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it. 🙂

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