Running River Water

RUNNING RIVER WATER

I see you by rivers and big-leaved trees
I dip my hands in running river water
and cool the throbbing of your temples
I am honoured by the occasions
when your eyelids flutter
like frightened birds.

Deep river woman
you bear, like a covenant
the memory of mountain huts and yam hills
the kreng-kreng full and savoury
against hard times, you whisper
like beatitudes the unwritten histories
of flight and ambush and survival.

Woman river
I dip my hands
in running river water
and say: run free
run free


from It Was the Singing (Sandberry Press, 2000), copyright © Edward Baugh 2000, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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Edward Baugh Reading from his Poems

1Amadou's Mother

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2Black Sand

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3The Carpenter's Complaint

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4Choices

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5The Dark Hole in the Garden

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6Freeze Warning

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7Guinea-Hen Weed

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8It Was the Singing

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9I wish you a Leaf Falling

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10Nightwalker

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11A Nineteenth-Century Portrait

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12Obituary Page

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13Sometimes in the Middle of the Story

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14Telling the Time

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15Words

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17True Love

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18The Comings and Goings of Poems

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20Famous Evenings

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21For Simon Cole

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22Getting There

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23Hedge Trimming

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24Holy Fever

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25Home Truths

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26The House

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27Long Service Award

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28Memories Like Comfort Stones

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29Niigger Sweat

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30Out of Stock

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31People Poem (The Leader Speaks)

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32Pilot Boat

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33River Song

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34Running River Water

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35To the Editor Who Asked Me To Send Him Some of My Black Poems

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36Truth and Consequences

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37Walking to Jerusalem

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38What's Poetry For?

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39'When The Doomed Are Most Eloquent In Their Sinking'

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40You Ever Notice How

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41The Poet Bemused

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42An Open Letter to Feelings of Insecurity

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43The Warner Woman

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44Lignum Vitae

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