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December 2, 2014 / hbrowne4

A Stream from the Tetra Mountains

It flashes down the rock face of the mountain-
A streamlet, a slender cataract, its water
Dazzling white under the Slovak sun.
We had stopped our car, our last day here,
A wedding party who two days before
Had witnessed Colm and Gabika,
In the chequered sunlight of a village church,
Vow to each other for better or worse.
My fingers touch the falling water
Cool and fresh it splashes over my hand
Its whole life in prospect before it:
After this rapid deluge, the alluvial valley;
A meandering slide, twisting and looping
Through meadows, making farmland fertile;
At length to come to a castled city
And flow at last into the fabled Danube:
Two rivers wed to each other, until dissolved,
They journey made, into the great Black sea.
Liam Aungier
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