What the Creek Says

What the river says, that is what I say.

~ William Stafford

I walk down to the creek
to listen to myself think.

This self-absorption, this selfishness
is a symptom of not taking care.

I think about what the creek says,
fail to come up with anything

other than susurrus, whisper,
pool, eddy, rushing flow,

crashing falls, tumbling
fish ladders below culverts.

I realize I haven’t been listening.

It’s a small creek, much smaller
than well-known Whatcom Creek

to the north. Isn’t it a necessary,
essential voice anyway?

From today on, I resolve

to walk down to the creek,
to listen to what the creek says.


Note: with thanks to Bill Brown
for the William Stafford quote.

Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo 2014 ~ Day 7

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to What the Creek Says

  1. Wow, this is lovely, Andy.

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