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  Sand River
by Jerry W. Engler
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Life lived is a little like this. Life not lived is a little like this. They are times of contemplation before the winter fires looking forward to Christmas.






Old one

with the gray hair

falling out around you,

the streams of sand

flowing up,

no matter the direction,

grits of hopes,

successes, failures,

the times you did your best,

the times you did your worst,

too late, too late

the backward look,

only the upward trudge

with the power

to make it a skip,

a struggle, a toil, a reward,

a sorrow, a joy,

the loss, the gain,

uphill the past,

uphill the future,

uphill the diverging paths,

the only moves

require your efforts,

require your acceptance,

never forced by Dominion,

the streams become rivers,

always inside you,

always your decision

to swim or sink

in the drifts and currents of life,

there all along,

the eddying, encompassing sands,

how hard and fast the charge

of freedom of choice.

God reaches out His hand,

but you must take it.



Jerry W. Engler

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Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader)
Thanks for sharing this comforting, illuminating and encouraging piece. The gentle pace and thoughtful points made in each line were engaging and provocative.

Reviewed by Jean Pike
Really lovely, Jerry. This one just seemed to go straight through my heart. Love the last line especially. Definitely one of your best. As I was reading, I saw that old man sitting beside the fire, thinking his thoughts, and it occurred to me this might be one to expand into a story. Ya think?
Reviewed by Michelle Mead
This is an excellent poem, Jerry. I am so glad to not have missed this one, and I will save it to my library for sure. It had the feel of Christina Rossetti's poetry and "A River runs through it" by McLean at the same time, which is an interesting, talented mix of an original you.
Reviewed by JMS Bell
Reviewed by Cryssa C
This really struck me today... I have been watching my dear friends in Haiti suffer as they deal with their young 2.5 year old son's kidnapping on Sunday. I know that if I were in their shoes I would feel as though I was sinking deep in the depths of a strong river's current...being pulled away from everything I thought was safe. And yet... my friend remains stalwart, resolute, and calm...asking first how my daughter Ahna is doing with her many current health issues before addressing my questions of how he and his family are coping. He is a man who reaches out his hand to God and takes His hand and walks on, unfettered by the drifts and currents and blowing sands of life. He knows that there is nothing that can't be overcome with God's help. His faith brings me courage to face my own trials in life, for he lives his faith...

Reviewed by David Hightower
Jerry -Enjoyed your poem and admired its theme. Freewill requires the effort of choice. It reminded me of a joke I heard about Katrina. A boat stops to help a man stranded on the roof of his house, but he says that the Lord will save him. Another boat comes along, but he refuses again, saying that the Lord will save him. Finally as the house is sinking lower in the water, a helicopter hovers above as a rescuer is lowered to the roof. Again the man refuses, saying, "I have faith that the Lord will save me." After he drowns and is standing in front of St. Peter, he asks St. Peter why God didn't save him. St. Peter replied, " Well, he sent two boats and a helicopter. What else did you expect."

Anyway, enjoyed the poem. - David
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Jerry, such a wonderful message in this...lovely.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
right on philosophy, Jerry. Great to read you again. Liz
Reviewed by John Flanagan
You capture our condition well in these short, crisp, poignant lines; the way we are, things as they are.

Surfboarding at the moment, hanging on to dear life, lightening struck the beam and viola deep fried, even before I got to hell, what else is there to tell, I guess your river was a safer bet should have taken it instead. Love your work as always Jerry!
Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis
Beautiful writing, perfect message. Free will, indeed the Omni-Will, made manifest in every fathomable expression - you, me, everyone and everything...each of us the sum of the choices we make.
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Reviewed by Regis Auffray
I appreciate the philosophical perspective that you share within your verses here, Jerry. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

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