A River Runs Through It

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and it’s not the same man. Heraclitus.

John Frederick Kensett, View on the Upper Mississippi 1855
I was born upon thy bank, river
My blood flows in thy stream,
And thou meanderest forever
At the bottom of my dream.'

Henry David Thoreau
Georges Seurat, View of the Seine 1882-83

Life is like a river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere. Emma Smith.

Philip James de Loutherberg, The Great Fire of London 1797

The River in front of her was black, She thought it contained many things.

Gisele Prassinos
Ilya Repin, Barge Haulers on the Volga 1872-73

Glassy rustle which was the East River somewhere close by. Ayn Rand.

George Bellows, A Morning Snow – Hudson River 1910

We steer the boat, we don’t alter the river.

J. Earp
Claude Monet, Boating on the River Epte, 1890

Clare de Lune

Your soul is a select landscape
Where charming masqueraders and 
bergamaskers go
Playing the lute and dancing and almost
Sad beneath their fantastic disguises.

All sing in a minor key
Of victorious love and the opportune life,
They do not seem to believe in their happiness
And their song mingles with the moonlight,

With the still moonlight, sad and beautiful,
That sets the birds dreaming in the trees
And the fountains sobbing in ecstasy,
The tall slender fountains among marble statues.

Paul Verlaine, 1869
Joseph Wright of Derby, Dovedale by Moonlight, 1788
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, Moonlight on the Bosphorus 1865

(Top image: Arkhip Kuindzhi Ivanovich, Moonlit Night on the Dneiper, 1882)(Images Courtesy: The State Tretyakov Gallery, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Ohio)