# River Rock . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written in late April 2004

. . . . . . RIVER ROCK
. . . . . . A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
. . . . . . late April 2004

What must it be like
. . . . . . for countless springtime songs
. . . . . . to be tossed by the boisterous surge?

. . . . . . Then, summer days,
. . . . . . . . . . . . baked in the dappled sun,
. . . . . . . . . . . . watching rabbits and squirrels conspire?

. . . . . . Winters, long,
. . . . . . . . . . . . waiting once more for spring?

And now,
. . . . . . stuck in a concrete median strip on Wilshire Blvd,
. . . . . . tickled by junk food plastic wrap,
. . . . . . . . . . . . cell phone soliloquies,
. . . . . . . . . . . . and the sometime shade of a sapling tree …

Ah, well,
. . . . . . Its sturdy, patient heart
. . . . . . shares grey green dreams
. . . . . . beneath a stream of cars

Alice B. Clagett

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