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On The Banks of Lightning River

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By: Paul Steffan Jones AKA
Posted in: about

A hill river in spate20171111_122128.jpg

in its pomp

its waterfalls are thunder

to its name

the call and response

of precipitation and gradient

the fall they call “snow”

is a curtain of moving water

frothing and seeming to boil

the torrent

and the history

of the torrent

and all its previous versions

various machinations

volumes speeds and force

have left on the bank

smoothed stones

the size and shapes

of loaves of bread

and cakes

roots are exposed




the healthy brown bones

of the skeleton trees

fringing the foam

this water course flows underground

swallowed by a wide mouthed cave

we pause and peer

at the vanishing point

our boots lapped by the shallows

the air loaded with

the incense of spray

and someone else’s cannabis smoke


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Ceri Shaw
01/18/18 11:48:00PM @ceri-shaw:

Diolch yn fawr Paul :) Ystradfellte was one of my favourite walking areas back in the day. Your poem evokes the atmosphere of the place better than a picture imho :)

Paul Steffan Jones AKA
01/20/18 12:44:28PM @paul-steffan-jones2:

Many thanks Ceri.  I am glad I managed to do some small justice to the majesty of that landscape.