Poetry picture (will the river run forever?)


Ceramic picture in hand made frame (waxed)

Original poetry by Chris Goan

18cm square.


This picture features stylised flowing water, with raised sections left in bare clay, and recessed sections glazed in a rich green-blue glaze.

The poem is one written for an exhibition, entitled ‘Where the streams come from’ (also the title of one of Chris’s poetry books (here). Perhaps the poems should speak for itself, so here it is in full;


Will the river run forever?


Will the river run forever?

Will it keep on tumbling down this cliff?

Will it keep on sparkling with the splash of light and life?

Will it dance to the scale of fin and fish,

Or will the music it makes

Fall silent?


Will the river run forever?

Will it carry the boat that carries me?

Will the flow go past these fields I know

And twist and turn to new places?

Or will it leave me just a fool, floundering

In a stagnant pool?


Will the river run forever?

Will it keep carving these old rocks?

Will it keep on carrying them as suspended sediment,

Spew them through the open-mouth of an estuary

Fan them across the ocean floor,

Or will it fail?


Will the river run forever?

Will it irrigate? Will it recreate the flow

Of life in me? Will it roll through this world like laughter?

Will it quench the thirst of a thousand tongues

Or will it dry, like the salt tears of a woman

Done with weeping?


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