Free writes are exhilarating. Put hands to keyboard and go for it – no stopping for thought, leaving you to go with your instincts as words appear on the screen.

Today I am participating in the #FWF Free Write Friday challenge that Kellie Elmore hosts at her website. Feel free to take part and join in on the regular feature!

This week’s prompt is the below photo. What follows is my poetic take on the photo.

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Junction of Rhone and Arve rivers in Geneva, Switzerland

Rivers Divide

Rivers ride to shore

But our shores are on opposite patches of land

And the earth has been dug for days,

Holes of souls

And the dirt is deep under my fingernails.

One river we were once

(Once upon a time)

But now the streams divide as

I choose the warm sandy shore

While you tangle in seaweed under darker skies.

I am still learning how to swim.

©2013 Christy Birmingham


28 thoughts on “Rivers Divide: A Poem for Free Write Friday

    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Kellie! Thanks for the like on my Facebook page 🙂 Yes, I just did the same for your wonderful page. Great to connect there as well. I am glad you like my entry and thanks for the great prompt this week!


  1. Julie Catherine

    Christy, I love this poem! It flows beautifully, with so many hidden depths – I particularly like your metaphor of using the rivers to describe the distance in relationship. Very well done, my poetic friend! ~ Love and hugs, Julie xoxox



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