Like life, the river offers many challenges.
Some are expected and others are a surprise.
We seek to navigate its eddies, floods, whitewater….

In learning to swim in the river, we harmonize with it.
We float. We look forward to what’s around the bend.
We rest on the banks. We even swim for the fun of it.

When at our best, we work with the river.
We give our gifts. We are sunlight on water.
We reshape the world one day at a time.

Resisting or swimming upstream is futile.
For we know that, with the joy that is flow,
All rivers eventually join the ocean.


Poem and Photo by Barbara
Bassett Creek
Minneapolis, MN