Memories are laid like islands populating
the river of the brain they stand proud
of the water, sometimes wooded by
trees of time where events become
leaf-cased, people twisted to wildfowl
others have been inhabited, and houses
rise to be accessed in dreams
or when silence causes the mind to
stop cavorting in the present.
Those born by rivers are Neptune’s children
at home as Glaucus in its element.
Born by the Thames memories of water are
conjured reflections: pulling the sails of a dingy
against the wind the boat flying,
diving into dark water no thought of what lies
beneath or the currents flow;
even the twisting of a bike becomes
an eddy in the stream of thought.
Only when Lethe’s waters surge punching
holes through the mind’s banks to flood
its islands do memories fade.
Carolyn O'Connell lives in Richmond on Thames. Her poems have appeared in various magazines including Envoi, Partners, Interpreter’s House, Poetry Showcase, and the anthology Genius Floored. Find more about Carolyn on the poetry pf site, and the Second Light Live site. She is a member of the Ormonde Poetry Group, and attends the poetry events Bright Scarf in Richmond and Rhythm and Muse in Kingston.