Walking by Inner Vision
A Poem and Backstory
From the Professor’s Journal
“I am immersed in a river”
©Lynda McKinney Lambert
I am immersed in a river that
flows in every season.
I rest in the shade of
Hemlocks and ferns,
gather water-worn stones from
the whirling floor of a cool eddy.
In my red canoe I skim the surface of
the emerald-green mountain river
while russet and gold autumn trees
prepare for winter’s respite.
I wrote this poem from memories of floating on the Allegheny River on warm afternoons in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania. My husband (Bob) and I had a red canoe. We would stop to gather small, smooth river stones from quiet eddys some days. I have always lived near a creek. The sound of water flowing in all seasons is music that surrounds me. This internalization of the rushing water is a life-long experience because this music is playing inside of me. I am complete when I am aware of its presence.
__The Avocet, Print, Fall Edition, 2020. Editor: Charles Portolano.
__Vita Brevis’ Anthology#3, December 2021. Editor Brian Geiger.
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