Let’s go down to the river.


IMG_4039Let the current caress

ripples lap at your errors

knee deep in, “I can’t believe I did that.”

wash away mistakes of this day

to leave the clear clarity of water.

Toes numb from cold reality.

Stepping out onto the bank

with new beginnings dripping

from your feet.

© Alicia Grimshaw

As I was finishing this poem I remembered this old spiritual song.  It is amazing how our minds work. I had not heard or thought of this song for many years.  I have been humming it for days thinking of the countless others who sang this same song going back, year after year after year. I somehow feel a connection with those voices from the past. If you want to hear it click on this link to youtube. Let’s Go Down To The River To Pray.



16 thoughts on “Let’s go down to the river.

  1. “Oh sisters, let’s go down, let’s go down to the river to pray…” So many people connect with this song – wonderful reminder. When Katie was little, I sang it to her every night whilst rocking her to sleep.

    Absolutely love this stanza of your poem both for its visual richness and message:

    Stepping out onto the bank

    with new beginnings dripping

    from your feet.

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  2. Great poem.

    I hear that song often, my wife will play it on repeat as she’s moving into a “up” (BPii). She’s also got a thing for “Go to sleep you little baby” around the same time. 🙂

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