Nestled along the mighty Ohio
Here because of the river, and
Her swift, powerful steel gray waters
All about, lush green rolling hills
Lost in some respects, searching
For itself amidst the flow
Of the gallant river, and life
Hoping for cleansing, perhaps a release
Long coal barges slip past
Darkened shoreline warehouses, factories
Colorful Victorian houses, from another time, wave
And smile as what once was starts over
No easy answers for any city, not for Wheeling
But then, maybe we make it all too hard–
Life, death, rebirth, being
Wheeling, a new gleam in its eyes
Author: Don Iannone, D.Div.
Photographer, poet, teacher, complementary medicine provider, interfaith minister, and former economic developer. Holds a Doctorate in Divinity, Master of Divinity, Master of Mind-Body Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Clinical certifications in Reiki, guided meditation, life purpose coaching, and spiritual counseling. Author of 12 books, including two new books in the contemporary spirituality field. Learn more here.
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12 thoughts on “Wheeling”
James Ray Fan: Thanks so much. I will definitely check the book out. Sounds like good direction. Glad to have to stop by. Feel free to stop back…
Dan: You’re welcome. Glad you both enjoyed the poem and pics. Yeah I forgot about the Ferry pics from our trip a while back.
Don, thanks for the poem, the images and the thoughts. I’d also like to share something with you that I found recently. It isn’t poetry, but I hope it’ll give you some insights. It’s a book called Harmonic Wealth and it’s all about finding harmony in your life in all areas – financial, relational, mental, physical, and spiritual. It has some really good tips about how to engage all five pillars (or areas) of your life, and to learn more about how they complement each other. Rather than dealing with each issue individually, maybe take a look at the bigger picture.
Here’s the link to that book I recommend: harmonicwealth.com/read
a James Ray Fan
Oh, and the Ferry photos are nice to see again, too. Not to mention the others.
Thanks back from both of us. And Love back too!
Dan: Thanks. Of course, this one was for you and K. Love!
I can dig it! And all the other poems I missed. But I was in the presence of the man himself, so I’m at peace with myself. Thanks, Brother!
Andrew: Interesting. Didn’t know you lived on the Arkansas. Yes, rivers are powerful forces in our lives both literally and symbolically.
I relate to this – living here on the Arkansas.
When I was a kid I thought that ALL towns were built on rivers – now I know that not all towns are, just the better ones. 🙂
Gautami: Yes, I agree about rivers and life. Much to ponder indeed.
I meant without those..
Rivers give us life. With those, a city dies. Much to ponder over here.