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Flood Stage

By John I. Blair

The river out of its banks
Is not a coiling serpent;
It is a more primal
Beast beyond estimation
That slides again out of the west,
Shoving the land aside,
To remind us that the world began
In water and will so end
And in between exists
At the pleasure of the sea.

2002 John I. Blair

NOTE: Originally appeared in the May 2002 Post Oak (Arlington Conservation Council newsletter)


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