Roll On

For Carrie’s Sunday Muse #74

Roll On
“Time is like a river…” – Stephen King, ‘Salem’s Lot

the gull knows.
the gull knows the river flows on forever
from the drops of rain to the mighty ocean.
the old man plays his organ
connected by a long heavy duty electrical cord
and he plays for himself.
he sings,
roll on mighty river, roll on.
the gull flaps its wings
and gives a raucous caw.
it likes to sing along.
roll on mighty river,
roll on.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. fireblossom32
    Sep 21, 2019 @ 13:55:42

    The Wilburn Brothers would tell you it’s “muddy” river, but what do they know? Good call on it being an organ, not a piano. One look confirms it. Rock on, buddy, don’tcha rock so slow…


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 21, 2019 @ 15:53:43

      I don’t know the Wilburn bros. They must be from Mississippi or something. Our rivers up this way are clear and beautiful. There is an old song, Roll on mighty river, but I forget who did the song. I listened to it on my great grandmothers Victrola, the kind you would up and then the tinny sound would emerge. My aunt Kathy has tbe Victrola now.

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  2. Carrie V. H.
    Sep 21, 2019 @ 15:59:09

    Love what you did with this Toni. It is a song that I could dance to and sing! Wonderful!!


  3. Susie Clevenger
    Sep 21, 2019 @ 18:40:24

    This sounds like a song… I can hear it playing on that organ. Love it!


  4. wyndolynne
    Sep 22, 2019 @ 10:26:57

    Like the weight in the images and in the full-throated sound you’ve evoked.


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 22, 2019 @ 11:19:40

    Any musician would tell you that if you know how to play with the river you know your song.


  6. purplepeninportland
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 20:51:00

    The river rolling along adds su much to this lovely poem.


  7. Beverly Crawford
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 15:18:37

    Time, indeed, is like a river … one that flows all too quickly. I love your river journey.


  8. TheRustGeek
    Sep 27, 2019 @ 17:48:01

    Roll on mighty river…


  9. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Sep 27, 2019 @ 20:22:33

    Has a wonderful old vibe to it.


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