poetry and prose about place

summer on the river

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St. John River, south of Fredericton


drinks on the patio


the setting spins

on the river

golden while the mayflies dance

with gilded wings


this is conversation!

a cold glass

singing ice

white wicker

umbrella shade

the hills

wistful beyond the gauze

of mayfly dancing


you are dazzled by the play of sun

and words on water

your voice

your smile

who cares what you are saying

as long as the lines are long

and the tone is light

and the mayflies stir

the air above the river


I listen

with a nod of my head

a flutter of my hand

the corners of my mouth lift

to smile


my ears and eyes

have better things to do


the sunlight slides on cobwebs

spun across the river

our voices slur

while the mayflies dance

the rise and fall

of their glass bodies

and your laughter


liquid on water



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St. John River, south of Fredericton


Published as ‘drinks on the patio’, Pottersfield Portfolio 17 (3), Spring 1997.

Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

June 15, 2015 at 7:47 am

4 Responses

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  1. I think this is my favorite of all your poems that I have read, Jane. I feel like I could step right into the scene that you’re creating/writing about. It’s very peaceful. 🙂

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    June 16, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    • Hi Robin. Thanks! It’s also among my favorites. It is also a special memory, an afternoon with my son and mother-in-law. Jane


      jane tims

      June 16, 2015 at 8:39 pm

  2. Thank you for your post. It has changed my day. I was not looking forward to today but the photos of the river and your words put me at ease.

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    Bud Wasser

    June 15, 2015 at 10:29 am

    • Hi. Glad you enjoyed the post. The poem was written after a lovely day on a hotel patio along the St. John River. Summer along the river is so lovely. Have a good day tomorrow too! Jane


      jane tims

      June 15, 2015 at 4:48 pm

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