The Temporal Utility of Banks

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a river’s banks are set,
they keep the river
in the river

being in the river
the river’s in its being,
within its banks, whole

—astatic, a river falling free
within its banks, may grow
unbound, ecstatic,
sometimes renegade

still (and always)
this falling river goes
until, forever unbounded,
it vanishes into sea

by Jim Culleny
1/4/2020