Water Demon Poem.

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Water Demon Poem.

Postby PrudenceGemini » Thu May 03, 2012 5:52 am

Okay so I'm in year 11 and we're currently doing poetry in school and I came across a poem in my Anthology that just reminded me so much of the Water Demon in Charmed. Here it is:

The River God by Stevie Smith.

I may be smelly and I may be old,
Rough in pebbles, reedy in my pools,
But where my fish float by I bless their swimming
And I like people to bathe in me, especially women.
But I can drown the fools
Who bathe to close to the weir, contrary to rules.
And they take a long time drowning
As I throw them up now and then in the spirit of clowning.
Hi yih, yippity yap, merrily I flow,
O I may be an old foul river but I have plenty to go.
Once there was a lady who was too bold
She bathed in me by the tall black cliff where the water runs cold,
So I brought her down here
To be my beautiful dear.
Oh will she stay with me will she stay
This beautiful lady, or will she go away?
She lies in my beautiful deep river bed with many a weed
To hold her, and many a waving reed.
Oh who would guess what a beautiful white face lies there
Waiting for me to smooth and wash away the fear
She looks at me with. Hi yih, do not let her
Go. There is no-one on earth who does not forget her
Now. They say I am a foolish old smelly river
But they do not know of my wide original bed
Where the lady waits, with her golden sleepy head.
If she wishes to go I will not forgive her.
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