I absorb the river’s burdens

digest its settlings
and depositions

taste its
past and present

agricultural fertiliser

sewage discharge

industrial processes

chemical manufacture

domestic detergents

toxic flows

suspended in water

wash downstream

trapped silts
fold into the
river’s geology

when rivers
are stifled
you will find me

when rivers
are exhausted
i am there

when rivers
are blocked
i appear

when rivers
are ruined
i remain