River

.
a river flows through the center of town
still in the pond behind the dam
as everything is before—
but lunatic as it rips through the gorge below after a long rain
furious and deadly as a wild boar
as it breaches its banks during a hurricane
always here, ever moving,
tranquil or in a rage,
shifty, sure— age
has not dimisnished
its allure

Jim Culleny
11/27/19

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