White waters of the Blackwater River

Here's my latest painting - a pastel sized c. 44 x 32 cm. And the corresponding verse .... it's for sale, folks!


White waters round great boulders music make,
stones cracked an age ago from mother rock
before men’s feet first trod these highland ways,
before he felt the need this bridge to build
or to Blackwater’s mighty salmon thrilled

This river is a passageway for dreams
wild nature left unto itself it seems;
here kings and queens must breast its torrent fall,
must fight and win against the waters’ brawl
because for salmon life and love is all.

I sit here, fascinated, for an hour
astonished by all beauty, all its power.

Bryan Islip
March 2011

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