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14 March is International Day of Action for Rivers.

Since ancient times, rivers have been an essential for human life. Upon their banks, humans have settled.

To learn more about this day and why rivers continue to be so vital for all life, please see:
http://www.internationalrivers.org/international-day-of-action-for-rivers

And let us now set off on one of the greatest of South America’s rivers, the Orinoco.

Safe Journeys!

SONG TO THE ORINOCO

L_caputoby Lorraine Caputo15 Mar 2015

—gracias a Enya y Douglas
—multi-voice, sung chorus

ever since I was a child I
have dreamed of mounting you &
sailing far away to the sea
on the slow-flowing waters

Sail away
Sail away
Sail away

A muddy snake serpentining
almost fifteen-hundred miles
past high mountains, through dense jungles
& across the llano plains

Sail away
Sail away
Sail away

I want to reach down & gathetr
your many bouldered islands
into a garland ‘round my neck
bonzéd by your humid sun

Sail away
Sail away
Sail away

I want to drape myself with your
golden dry-season beaches
& with those verdant-fringed shores
of your many months of rain

Sail away
Sail away
Sail away

We’ll watch caimans & piranhas,
the manatees swimming past
jaguars come to the water’s edge
& the birds flying o’erhead

Sail away
Sail away
Sail away

Let us float the wide waters past
Caicara, through the narrows
of Angostura, down downstream
to dark River Caroní

Sail away
Sail away
Sail away

Then into the many channels
lacing through fertile delta
lands until we reach the calm blue-
silver Caribbean Sea

Sail away
Sail away
Sail away

Ever since I was a child I
have dreamed of sailing with you
but the boats have long since ceased &
I will still have to dream of …

Sailing away
Sailing away
Sailing away

published in :
The music poetry anthology, Ballads (Nottingham, UK: Dagda Publishing, 2014) -- in aid of Scope, UK mental health charity.
http://dagdapublishing.co.uk
Paperback
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ballads-Anthology-Poetry-R-Davey/dp/1495224635
Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I5WVYLY