rollin' on the river…

I  love being swept along in river reverie,
letting the current take me bobbing and burbling
into come what may.
It’s gorgeous out here
where wild breezes whsiper and sing
and kiss dreams into bloom.

But I’m not a loner;
I want you along for the adventure.
Sharing the wonder draws it out long and sweet
like thick strands of golden maple taffy.
There is just more of the lovely goodness to go around.

I want to be able to look over at you,
squeeze your hand,
crinkle my nose
and flash you a silly grin
because it’s hard to believe we’re not dreaming
….that it really IS this beautiful
and I know it’s real
because you’re here too
sharing the sense of relish
in wherever the river takes us
as we lean into living out our

I don’t want to lose touch
when the rapids spill us
(as rapids often do)
I want to be able to call out
“you alright?”
and share your laughter
when the tumbles tickle
serve up ice in my apple green bandana
when you bump a rock
and it hurts.

I’ll be taking down my old blog site
as soon as I clear these next few rocks.
Let’s don’t lose touch.
If you haven’t already plunked your picture
on the wall at my new place,
won’t you join me?

(big joyful thanks to you)

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities,
but to know someone here and there,
who thinks and feels with us,
and though distant is close to us in spirit,
makes the earth for us
an inhabited garden.”



  1. rachel awes on August 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    i agree. it’s togetherness. otters. in the beauty. swept up.
    love all these photos! xox

  2. Bren on August 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    You have such a gift, I felt those words, I felt the longing to exchange those goofy grins with friends I’ve not yet met and the wonderful flow of that river.
    You know this goes into the book and I pray that book gets published.

  3. mary on August 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    yep, i second my two previous blogging buddies, yep I do!!

    Jen, these photos are gorgeous!

  4. S. Etole on August 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    This reminds me of the river close to where I grew up. Your words bring back happy memories.

  5. Kathy on August 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Such refreshing photos, Jennifer! So right, everything is better when shared.

  6. Julia Of Petals and Wool on August 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Jennifer, I joined your members and look forward to tagging along on your new site.

    Your words transported me and for a few minutes I was feeling the water splash as we bumped into the rocks turning around and changing direction like in bumper cars feeling like a young girl again. Your words are magic. JB

  7. Louiseg on August 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Your words flow and your photos pull me out onto the water
    Where I float
    One with you.

    Lovely as always!

  8. Jennifer Maroney on August 30, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Hello! Love your new e-home, and LOVE LOVE the photos and your lovely words that uplift and carry me along like your rolling and burbling river…

  9. Barbara on August 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Gorgeous photos and congrats on your new place!

  10. kathryn on August 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    lovely words and photos…i feel like i am there with you!!

  11. jeanie on August 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Now I’m confused if I’m at your old place or new place. But I do love that river those rapids. And yes, your words take me there with you!

  12. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on August 31, 2011 at 2:21 am

    How sweet of you to share this beauty with us 🙂

  13. garden clippings on August 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I love the sound of water. These photos are so refreshing and wonderful. I wish I was standing it in right now!!

  14. beth on August 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    i’ll be right there with you, laughing as we go…..but if i tip over and hit my head on one of those rocks….well that would just be scary !

  15. wanda miller on September 1, 2011 at 12:13 am

    wow, thanks jennifer for your wonderful words! as i read your bio and looked and your pictures, i thought…EXUBERANCE AND JOY FOR LIFE! quite WONDERFUL, the way you embrace the world! xo

  16. Maggie Mallard on September 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Thanks honey for writing and sharing this with us. This has brought me such happiness this morning and on a morning I needed it.
    I love your writing

  17. Maggie Mallard on September 1, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I tried to find your new blog but could not can you send me the URL

  18. Lynn on September 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    New place? But we just found each other!!! Where, oh where is your new place?
    Lovely pictures and writing.

  19. Brandy on September 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Lovely words sweet poet. I’ll follow you.

  20. Eydie on September 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm


    Your words always take me
    to an amazing place.

    MY OH MY
    I want to go to where this pictures take me.


  21. valerie (poetic chronicles) on September 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Oh well, what can I say…I am a fan!! 🙂

  22. Mary on September 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I need to get to a river. NOW. Thanks, Jennifer. Beautiful as always!

  23. Relyn on September 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Your new place is lovely. Though, not nearly as lovely as your great big, grace-filled heart.

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