River of Tears – Shelly Buttenhoff Miller


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The river of tears gently flow
Until the unexpected water
Gushes around the bend
Sobs escape her aching heart
The river rushing over the falls
Into the pool at the bottom
There are rocks and logs
To be navigated
Tears carve a path over, around and
Through obstacles
Rocks push the river of her heart
One direction while
Logs push another
Yet the river gets past
In spite of the storms and winds
Coming to a slow lazy pool
Refreshing her soul
Calmness reigns, a respite for the moment
Even as the reality of her mind knows
There will be more rocks and
Logs ahead to navigate
She can take this reprieve
To gear up for the fight
Along this river
Called life
© Shelly Buttenhoff Miller

20150803_110153-001 About the Author

My name is Shelly Miller. I live in Creswell, Oregon a town of about 5,000 people. I enjoy hiking, photography, reading and even coloring. I started writing poetry to help me express my feelings and emotions in a way I’d never been able to before. I suffer from mental illness and am working very hard to not let it define who I am.

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3 replies

  1. What a well crafted analogy of life as its river flows and presents us with obstructions! Beautifully expressed and flowing form!


  2. Beautifully written, Shelly, I enjoyed the flow!


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