Flow

This poem describes the flow of the Irfon river

Cloud

I come from mist
from air
from sky-damp
smothering
hammering
down on the stationary earth
I come
in wetness
in the fullness of air
unburdening

Bog

I gather on blade, on stone, on sheep, on wool
seeping into earth
trickling into darkness
weighing the ground with the wetness
with soak
I come
into land
heavy, heavy, heavy
with the dampness

Stream

Out of soak
out of seep
I gather drop by drip
into tiny trace, into streak, into silver thread
I run
I gather faster
pace by pace
into rivulets
into stream
into brook
leaping
dashing
down
over rock
flinging
shining in sun
cantering
I come
into the breakneck gallop
of life, living
running
free

Forest

into darkness
into tree
into the tall place
I clatter
but shrink down into my blackness, into my wetness, into my fastness
hurry past
and I come
out
into light

Pool

I fall
Oh! through light
Oh! through bright
Oh! through air heavy
clattering on rock
into myself
into darkness
deepness
depth
 
wait
 
in the cup of earth
 
silent
 
before fullness swells me
and I come
into the lip
of running
clatter splash
and rush
yet more

Life

I am lived in
I breathe
Insect skips over me
drops into me
births
And birds swim in me
Dipper and
Kingfisher
and Heron still as tree
and splash, the Otter chasing
fish
The roots turning, turning, wreathing
All lives in me
I come
and bring life

Field

I flow
I smooth
I run
and sweep around meadow
horse
hedge and gate
the measured land
I come
into man's world

Man

past road
under bridge
rush
and race
and running fast
tangle of fence plunged in me
detritus
Then past brick
past building
(stationary and strange
no sway
no change)
but smell of man seeps into me
foaming
sticky
I cannot sluice it
but I come
clattering through village
through farm
through man and all his means

Wideness

I fill
I drench
I flow
I suck stream
and ditch
and leech of land
I swell
I bend
I come strong and full and deep
tree-banked
dark watered
irresistible
 
I am Irfon
I come
I flow
into gushing river
into sea
into ocean
into world
I come
I flow
and I am Irfon