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At Play

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Photo © Tamara Beck

The waters ripple in the evening
Tide, the moon, their soul mate,
Hidden in a darkened sky is not
Playful, even as the river scampers
Across from shore to shore, released
From its daytime duties, away from
The sun, cloaked in darkness
Does it search for the moon’s light?
Or, is it content, running rapidly
On its own, hosting brightly-lit
Boats that appear like beacons
From time to time, lighting up
The dark riverscape, even if the
Moon will not peek out to help
Clarify and inform the water’s path

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In the wake of

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Quiet waters, billowing clouds © 2014 Tamara Beck

The wake, like a trail on a wedding

Gown, at first, like that dress, white

With the churning waters, then green

With a carpet fringe of the river rapids,

Demarking the passing of the ship,

A boat, a yacht, really, full-steam quick

And powerful, the green carpet left

Behind its pull, no less than a magic

Genie’s ride, dipping, swaying, and

Swelling, the swells mysterious and

Memorable, the memory of the yacht

That sailed by on this crisp clean day

Sings on the river, a wake now gone

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My establishing shot

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Lost in thought?

This would be my establishing shot

The one that sets the place and the

Character, facing Roosevelt Island,

Connecting to Queens, the lights on

The bridge twinkling in twilight,

Shadows, the river deep, dark and

Mysterious, waters moving slowly

With undercurrents, the river establishes

Without irony, without self-parody, as

Serious as the approaching night, shadows,

Not hiding, but revealing who we are, who

I am, my establishing shot

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Quiet and peaceful

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Quiet waters, billowing clouds © 2014 Tamara Beck

Sitting as old men do

Holding court with

Memories, sharing both

Wisdom and nonsense

From a life fully lived

Yet far from complete

Never accepting blame or

Regrets, but sitting in

Tranquility, peaceful

Still yet like the river with

An undercurrent, there is

News mixing with opinions

All that need to be expressed

And heard. If you listen, you

Can also hear the waters

Whispering, a susurrus of current

Events, bubbling below the surfacewat

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Splashy

The river in its infinite variety
Is always the same, running this
Way and that, making waves, or
Having them made on it by the
Passing boats and barges in
Their infinite variety, always
The same but different

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Viewpoints

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Photo © Tamara Beck

This would be my establishing shot, looking over the river at night fall.

Glistening lights on the 59th Street bridge, the water illuminated by reflections from Roosevelt Island’s well-lit towers are magical.

The clouds, minutes earlier prominent lines in the evening sketch, fade into the darkening sky.

Water, even in darkness, has a power over us.