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A Conversation Of Visions
by Melissa C. Rives

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I stand upon the mountainside
And slowly sip the view
Of the glorious valley far below
Where runs the river through.
It is a verdant vista
So full of what is life
And high upon the mountainside
How insignificant the strife.

And I beside the water spilling,
Taste life from its fountain...
Surrounded by the walls of stone
Carved out beneath this mountain.
This valley echoes life and peace
Its winds a gentle hand...
To lift my eyes to see your view
From on the cliff you stand.

The distance here that separates
My vision from the sound
Is not as great as it might seem
For my thoughts to it do bound
Though unknown and far away
And as yet unfound.
I'll stay upon this mountainside
An extension of that ground.

I whisper through the caverns
Where my words mix with the breeze...
So soft the green blades under foot
That lay beneath the trees.
The water stretching out before us
Offers us her song...
Her ancient rythym never fading
Always rushing on.

From atop this tor I hear
The echoes say to me
It is the water touching land
That gives you what you see.
It is the cool, clear water
From which life shall be
The water that doth trickle through
The mountain thence to thee.

So far away from me you stand
And yet we share this fountain...
That carries life within its motion
Flowing down this mountain.
I offer back the gentle breeze
To lift my words to you...
That we may share the beauty of
This river running through.

This is a collaboration I did a few months back with fellow poet, Michael Bahm. He wrote the first, third and fifth stanza's and I the 2nd, 4th, and final stanza's....I hope you like our view. :)

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Reviewed by Amor Sabor 6/8/2002
Very nicely done.
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 5/6/2002
This is an absolute beauty. Loved it.
Reviewed by Deirdre Barringer (Reader) 5/6/2002
Much thought and feeling went into this poem, and it shows.
Reviewed by Matthew Wright 5/5/2002
What a beautiful poem. Thank you.
Reviewed by jude forese 5/5/2002
nice collaboration...
Reviewed by Sara Wadington 5/4/2002
Beautifully done!!!:)
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 5/3/2002
A great view....
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 5/3/2002
Beautiful, beautiful write--your two voices spoke as one...
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 5/3/2002
WOW! This was EXCELLENT. So very lovely
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/3/2002
I echo the others adding that you have such a similar voice it's awesome. This is so beautiful my words can't do it honor.....
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 5/3/2002
I too am impressed. It's fun to write together as Alan & I often do. :) (Caldwell Phillips)

Janet xoxoxoxo
Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 5/3/2002
I'm very impressed to find out this was written by two people when I never saw a transition..You two have done a great job of painting a beautiful image complete with sound..

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