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One With the Row
By Philip Kuepper

The rower raised high
his powerful arms,
in the still, cold morning.
His breath shaped a small cloud
in the air, where it hung
like a word trying to speak
ghost-speak. His blades broke
the quiet water
heavy with sleep.
Water wakened,
surprised at his presence. The water received him.
The sureness of his strokes
were a shared pleasure.
There rowed elemental man
with the elements, stripped of all pretense,
rower and water,
each coveting the blades
that propelled all forward.
I was watching pure motion.

Poem courtesy of Hear the Boat Sing


#rowbackday 3 Jeppe Boys in the 1980 Wemmer Snr A 8 Clive Gilman (7), Karl Sapire (6) and Chris Smith (stroke)  

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