Dark Hills of Just Lived Moments

This poem, “Sternwheeler,” opens my new book, Memories of When We Were Birds (for sale here).  The poem was published in June 2009 at a wonderful on-line journal of “the poetry of the everyday,” called voxpoetica. Voxpoetica‘s  founder, the amazing Annmarie Lockhart, liked the poem so much she suggested I write a book and call it Dark Hills of Just Lived Moments. Which I did, eventually, with her encouragement. And so, in many ways, this poem, and the book now called Memories…, will forever be linked in my mind with Annmarie, who helped me and so many other poets find their voices.


So you mostly walk the deck
and watch the shoreline slip away,
your world shrinking down to the girl,
the boat and the enveloping dark.

You hang out over the stern railing
above the paddlewheel that mows
through muddy green meadows of river
and churns out frothy haystacks,

dark hills of just-lived moments
receding one by one into night.
You hold hands like there’s no letting go,
like you won’t slip into the churning.



About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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18 Responses to Dark Hills of Just Lived Moments

  1. I love the image of frothy haystacks. There are so many times I’ve slipped into the churning and a few when I dove right in. I am happy to have found your poetry and will become a regular reader.

  2. annotating60 says:

    Ray this was a very engrossing write. I read it three rtimes thriough, the last out loud and it is very beautiful. >KB

  3. Tony Maude says:

    Ray, this is really, really good – so good I’m think I might have to give up writing poetry and find something else to do … smiles

  4. brian miller says:

    whew. def a keeper ray…really nice progression one stanza to the next….and the holding hands as you wont fall into the churning…that close, really fine sir….

  5. ayala says:

    Beautifully penned.

  6. Mary says:

    Wonderfully crafted, Ray. Those last two lines are especially masterful!

  7. claudia says:

    nice… stern railing… in german stern means star…so that gave me an extra cool image… smiles.. congrats on the book as well ray

  8. Poet Laundry says:

    Gorgeous poem. Perfect to open a book.

  9. shanyns says:

    Love the book cover wall paper, and this is a stunning poem. A perfect opener to your book.

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