fetch the river

“Evolution has shaped us with perceptions that allow us to survive. They guide adaptive behaviors. But part of that involves hiding from us the stuff we don’t need to know. And that’s pretty much all of reality, whatever reality might be.” —cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman

Skyriver Vangogh
—for B. and H.

we fetch the river from the river
and pour the river in the river

upstream, downstream
doesn’t matter
this river’s not a caring river
but is ……………. forever
……………………… river

sometimes moving smoothly
its surface gleams in sunstroked air
until it plunges into cataracts
in turmoil, fluming
it boils and blunders
raking banks, despoiling
unsparing river

until it drops
into a basin

still then and saintly
while its mist (a cool spray
of fluming water
with crisp wet hisses)
plays background
in a watermusic vision
that sounds of symphonies
of high frequency adolescent kissing
which warms its watermusic mixing
it with new, levitating air

young air
above this basin
(which below dives deeper
suggesting stuff
we might be

…. ah!

fetch the river from the river
and pour the river in the river
upstream downstream
doesn’t matter
this river’s pools
of swirling passion
where lovers drop
their lines for fishing
and love is caught and won
and said, and done
foreswearing darker things
(even the darkest one)
this river’s the only
proven venue
for ecstatic blissing!
by Jim Culleny