We Are A River.


‘We Are A River’

Don’t accept the modern myths of aging.
You are not declining.
You are not fading away into uselessness.
You are a sage,
a river at its deepest
and most nourishing.
Sit by a riverbank some time
and watch attentively as the river
tells you of your life.

This poem was sent to me by my friend M*****.  He had actually sent it to his lovely daughter S******* and his mail which included this is a classic worth its weight in gold.  I reproduce it below.

Dear S******,
A few days back I happened to read the following brief poem
” We are a River”.
by William Martin.

Two line introduction of the author follows.
He has been a student of Tao for almost twenty years.
He teaches the practice of Taoist/Zen meditation.

It is not fair on my part to tell you as to how you should
reflect/meditate on the poem.

All the same this is how my mind moved.

We are a river……”there is only flow of thoughts and feelings in my mind.”

you are a Sage…..” Perhaps what Sri Krishna meant….. ” Sthithaprajna” in Gita.

a river at its deepest….”deepest” a state felt while remaining in the present without identifying with the drama.

..”most nourishing”….almost in “Ananda”..a state wherein one feels this state alone will do.

While reading the last three lines
I was reminded Of the following read while I in in Poona years and years ago.

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
― Franz Kafka

You are very dear to me.
And I request you to consider reading this brief poem
in a quite place all alone and reflect.

Who knows ,
you too may be amazed to realize
as to how young you are.

M*****, you inspired me to go and sit by the side of our own Mulamutha yesterday evening and reflect.  It was a mind blowing experience.

S*******, you are blessed to have such a father.  I wish that I could write a similar letter to Ranjan.

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14 Responses to We Are A River.

  1. Ursula says:

    “A river at your deepest” is all very well, Ramana. What if you can’t swim? Or, worse, if there is an undercurrent? Or you’d rather be shallow, say knee deep max, easy to walk across? Please don’t let yourself be carried away by the depth of my thought.

    Ramana, I am sure when the time is ripe and you’ll be in full flow you too will write a beautiful letter to your son.

    See you at the riverbank, so much drier,
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    • Rummuser says:

      Ursula, I am strictly hippydoo hippydom when it comes to adventures. I cannot take risks like getting into rivers in flow. I simply sat on a rock on the shore and watched it flow. It was mesmerising!

      Who knows when the opportunity to write to my son will arise? He refuses to leave my home and I his. We are joined at the hips. SMS and phone calls when he is or I am away from home ensures that the link is intact!

  2. Grannymar says:

    I love to sit by water, be it a river or the sea and listen to the story it tells me. The message above is a good and a little different to this: http://www.poetryarchive.org/childrensarchive/singlePoem.do?poemId=2807 For best effect, listen to it. It might be one for Padmini to teach Uttara and Madhura.
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  3. wisewebwoman says:

    I am taking this for my annual Nollaig Na Mban Ramana, it is so beautifully said. I often look at the water in my bay, flowing in and out, and see my life.
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  4. Edongzki says:

    I like this poem. Very inspiring.
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  5. On the other hand, some people prefer shallowness. Who’s to say?
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  6. tammy j says:

    i think no letters are needed between you and your dear son.
    your life is your letter.
    i adore kafka’s quote. and the poem too. both hit the mark for me today.
    i seem to need constant reminders. sigh.
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  7. Looney says:

    This all puts me into a Huckleberry Finn mood. Forget everything and just go rafting down the river.
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  8. Eduardo says:

    I love this poem. Just like the river, sometimes we just need to go with flow.
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