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Memories Of The Long Jiang River.
by Patrick Talty
Saturday, February 15, 2003
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Recollections of a sad parting of two lovers after a final tryst on the banks of a river in the south of China.

Memories of the Long Jiang River
flow gently through my mind
like the graceful, rolling pace
of Long Jiang's journey to the sea.

Images of you fall free like a waterfall
from the edge of my knowing
to the reservoir containing
all important symbols of my life.

There you are, standing by a boulder
on the banks of the Long Jiang River;
in the background locals do the family wash,
the river swirls reluctant suds away.

My mindís eye zooms in on you:
Beautiful, fragile, wondrously bathed
in mystic smiles that make the waters
glitter with frenzy of sparkling beams.

We slowly cross the river in a ferry
powered by two women with oars.
We share the backdrop of surreal limestone peaks
with fisherfolk on Chinese river boats.

Something else we share: flooding emotions,
desperate realization that soon we must part
at the Long Jiang River, and even worse,
you must stay with your river; I must go to mine.

(c)2003 Patrick Talty

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/18/2004
very nice
Reviewed by Lori Moore 5/9/2004
Awesome write. The voyage of lovers compared to the river is excellent. Love it.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/21/2003
A beautiful write that is easy to "feel." Thank you. Regis
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 9/24/2003
..Oh Patrick my heart is so sad..I miss Aussie so much..I grew up there but now live in Croatia...The imagery is so alive and perfect!ty

Reviewed by Regina Pounds 9/7/2003
Beautiful and sad - as parting must be. Exquisite in its visual appeal, Patrick.

with thanks,
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 7/27/2003
What a brilliant read, it flows just as well as its subject, and reads majestic, well done Patrick, you done this so very well indeed...take care...Mark...
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 6/19/2003

Images here were indeed something else.

Reviewed by jude forese 6/16/2003
excellent poem that flows as effortlessly as the river it sojourns...
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 6/15/2003
Perhaps they will join at the ocean.
Excellent poem.
Best wishes always.
Reviewed by Birdie Houston 6/13/2003
Written with Excellence this was so touching and beautiful loved the entirety
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 5/9/2003
Inside each human heart is an image of this, though locations may differ.. I add yours to my own because you took me there in words too beautiful, too fragile to be reinvented by mere comments in a box. This touched that secret place.. oh, the heart of a romantic man. Lovely, Patrick. katy.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 5/4/2003
Your words paints a nice picture. There are so much goodness in this one, Patrick! It is so beautiful the way you have described this. You words have added much wonders visual effect in my mind.

Wonderful work indeed!

Sandie Angel :o) a.k.a. May Lu $*_*$
Reviewed by C. Gourlay (Reader) 4/22/2003
a beautiful, poignant piece Patrick.
(also congrats of the win for a Kind of Death - deserved indeed)
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 2/18/2003
Beautiful. As I knew it would be. Patrick, you are such a talent!


Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 2/15/2003
A wonderfully wrought poem....I agree the last line has a sense of acceptance...Loved it.Ty, Dani

Reviewed by Sally Odgers 2/15/2003
Some good images there, Patrick. I especially like the last line. Very resigned.

Sally Odgers.
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