River Thoughts

The river thunders, to no applause
in particular; rolls along, rippling
and eddying without thought
or expectation of feedback,
though I can’t help but think
all of nature thrives under
an appreciative gaze;

We once watched endangered
river otters cavorting in plain sight
just under the bridge of a much
larger river, we told no one;
fishermen dislike that they are forced
to share with these sleek creatures
we thought dolphins, when first
they caught our eyes,
out of context, having come
from Hawaii only recently;

Our smaller Vallecitos river is
magnificent in its own right,
rushing lifeblood to this struggling
ranching community, altitude
too high to receive much precipitation
in liquid form, preferring the snows
of winter, and those have been
in shortfall for years now, water levels
everywhere having dropped
precipitously, and with the decline
comes the invariable unrest
in people dependent on the bounty
of the land;

And so this rainy day is particularly
welcomed while the dampness
is in marked contrast to the bone dry
of the region, and as a fire blazes
in the hearth, ranch dogs lie fidgety
like grammar school children forced
inside for recess in inclement weather.

Mr. Peanut awaits what’s next

25 thoughts on “River Thoughts

  1. Why is it so hard for humans to share the land (and water) with other creatures? If we lived more in harmony with them, the world would not be in such dire straits. Climate change makes everything restless. (K)

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    1. Ohh, Kerfe, if only! And I am afraid of what it’s going to take to awaken the masses to the fact that we are part of the whole, not some special separate species. (How’s that for alliteration?πŸ˜‰). I do believe that restlessness is meant to evoke awakening and change, though who will heed that, I cannot say. Critical mass? One can only hope.

      Be blessed. πŸ’œ

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    1. It’s taken awhile, Val. And we still haven’t figured out the work thing, but we have time. And a strange faith it will all ‘work’ out. Guidance got us here, so we must trust. Always great in theory, until the shakedown. Getting better all the time! πŸ™πŸ’ž

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  2. Absolutely love the opening line of your poem, Bela. ‘The river thunders, to no applause’. Nature is magnificent and much of it astounds us. Sometimes, actually a lot of the time many of us forget its beauty, purpose, functions and take it for granted. Sad to hear the water levels of Vallecitos river near you have dropped and hopefully you get more rain soon. It’s scary how the world around us changes before our eyes, and it’s up to us take care of what’s around us.

    I also read your other post Squirrely. That is such a great word. Hopefully the squirrels don’t come and snack on your seedlings again. Sounded very annoying. Hope you are doing well over there, Bela. Happy summer to you and may the universe guide you to where you need to be πŸ’•

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    1. Haha, Mabel, I love hearing from you. πŸ™‚ Happy Summer to you, as well! Hmmm … not summer there, though, is it?!

      Firstly, thank you for your kind words re: River Thoughts. And we Have gotten some rains – good ones, at that – it seems we might be in for a change with regards to rainfall after many years of drought in these parts. I hope so, though this remains desert country. Still, water is always welcome (as you will see in my poem Deep, posted just now).

      The squirrels have yet to breach the newly secured garden fence, but time will tell. I have copied my eldest daughter who gardens in buckets(!) And though I hate the use of yet more plastic, at least the ground critters will have quite the challenge trying to climb up one – it will be nearly impossible. And I can reuse them for many years yet to come. So I do have some vegetables planted, though we are still getting frost in the early morning. At 7500 feet elevation, gardening is always an experiment.

      You are so right, we must take care of what’s around us. If we don’t treasure what nourishes and supports us, one day we might find it has become inhabitable. I hope not, but the collective has yet to learn some meaningful lessons with regards to this magnificent planet. And I trust nature to handle that, as she sees fit.


      Love to you, Mabel! Take care! ❀ ❀ ❀


      1. You are right, Bela. It is not summer here… We just headed into winter and we have summer to look forward to end of the year πŸ™‚

        Hopefully you get more rains and you get more harvest and bloom soon. I read your new poem, Deep. Our world has seen much damage. We got our part to play to grow what we need and appreciate rain where it is needed. Hopefully the squirrels do stay away and you get a lovely vegetable harvest. Enjoy your summer and I hope to come again to visit you soon. Take care ❀

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    1. Ha ha, don’t you think that those native to this area, The Spanish conquerors, yes, but also several Native American tribes, would have tried this repeatedly? I don’t recall Zuni in rhis particular geographical area, but Apache, Comanche, Ute, Navajo, Tewa … most especially the Tewa! Unfortunately, the desert has been the desert for some time, entirely subject to its own desert will.

      That being said, short of dancing, we certainly do speak with nature spirits and plead for moisture. And then when it comes, at least this time of year, likely it is accompanied by thunder and lightning. The lightning actually struck in the forest nearby in the end of May. Now it has burned some 2700 acres and the forest service is calling it a controlled fire πŸ™„; conveniently, because they only got their shit together recently to attempt to put it out. Apparently this is nothing new. Oh well, on we go! Luckily, the fire is largely contained and we can breathe, once again.

      Blessings on the day, dear Hariod! πŸ’ž

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      1. McKinley County, apparently, for the Zuni, up in the NW quarter of NM. Do people drill bore holes on their land in order to source water in your area, or are you at too high an altitude? HX

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      2. We do have a drilled well, yes. A nice deep one, too. A lot of people just tap water out of the acequias, but they run pretty dry around mid summer. Or they dig shallow wells down by the acequias. We are at 7500 feet, and near the Vallecitos river, so we are luckier than many. But water is always an issue, and will be more so in the future, as you know. Old timers here say there is so much less snow, resulting in less water, than there was, say, 30 years ago. Mother earth is heating up!

        Happy solstice to you, Hariod! I trust you’re going to go out naked and dance under the moon tonight. πŸ€­πŸ˜›πŸŒ–πŸ¦šπŸŒπŸŒΏπŸ’ž

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      3. Oh, great, you’ll be okay then β€” with the well, I mean. And yes to dancing naked under the moon. I usually do that up in the High Street in Glastonbury though approval is seldomn universal. (It may be short but by God it’s thin!)

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