If there is one thing I could have wished it would have been to have been acquainted with her work in my youth and not have had to wait until I was well into the late afternoon of my life.
The picture is of Roskilde Fjord and was taken with one of these new-fangled cell phones by this guy I work with. Although not a river, it captures something of the mood of this gentle poem.
I stood beside the river as
the sun was going down,
And as I watched, the lights winked on
all about the town.
The ducks brought their ducklings to
nests along the shore,
Amid sporadic quackings settled
down to sleep once more.
An oar splashed in the water
as a boat drifted by --
The first star of evening
was shining in the sky,
And for a single moment my heart
was filled with simple peace,
For there is a benediction in
moments such as these.