One Poem by James Bell

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

nobody steps in the same river twice

after Heraclitus

a time to watch most of a year
flow by with only a few leaves
to contemplate as you watch your reflection
become small ripples that will never
be repeated and see them drift away again

consider stepping down into the water
as a sudden reality to break through
draw a line at least between seasons –
an uncontroversial celebration – a quest
symbolic of making or doing something new
without questions being asked – just say

you fell in while half asleep – stumbled
across new and old limitations and blew
them away with the realisation of truth
composed only of water – ignored beside
the beauty of these young silver birches
as you prepare to step into the same river twice


James Bell – returned to writing poetry over twenty years ago and has not yet left. He is a regular contributor to Nine Muses’ Special Challenges.

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