ISLE OF VIKRAM

A river of water

Churning and turbulent

We make our way

Finding a path

Navigating boulders

And dismembered trees

 

Colors intertwine in these currents

Slate grey, turquoise, and aquamarine

Brilliant cobalt reflecting this aquatic light

These supernatural fractals

Where sun strikes water

 

Water is life and this river is teeming

Algae and aquatic plants taking root

Mooring themselves with tendrils and flourishing

 

I wade in the water

Armed with a large mystical rod

Seeking purchase on the river floor

Discovering jiu-jitsu as I dance with the current

 

The water is populated

Children and families

Mostly immigrants

Exploring the rapids

Fishing near the shore

Or burning sweetly aromatic wood fires

 

We cross the river at last

Arriving at the raw and wild Isle of Vikram

Surging land brave and courageous

As the name tells us

 

The landscape is littered with desiccated trees

Piled as fortresses for hidden inhabitants

Amassing as if created by an arboreal avalanche

 

This cornucopia of land and water

Inspiring transformation

Reconnecting us with humility and wonder

Reconnecting with the supple spirituality of the elements

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Image is by @bfieldsnc on twitter

–BYPO PHOENIX c)2022

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