The Truckee River Downtown Reno

A City River

1.

The Truckee River runs under our feet,

these cool refreshing dreams of cityscapes,

with water up to our eyes beneath the Mapps,

where city dwelling families swim to greet.

To lie upon the rocks while children splash

and couples hold their hands to fall asleep,

my son is old enough to enjoy deep

areas, gamblers soak their loss of cash.

This Truckee River witness to our growth,

each rock is yearly held by daughters hand,

has fought against increased pull by stroke

each child has practiced every year by oath,

by park or near the smallest stretch of sand,

these water dreams of Reno where I woke.

2.

There is something drawing me to your current,

the time we held onto my babies arms

and brought  smile with all your wetness charms,

to forget struggles with the cities rent.

We knew about your quiet hidden pools

where homeless pushed their loaded carts,

where we would swim after admiring Arts

and Crafts sold under shade awnings and stools.

Near Kayak paddles whitened crest will break,

each break a million years of memory,

the nights we spent upon your shore with wine,

to dive and disrupt ripples with our wake.

A city brought to life in sensory

under the “Biggest Little City” sign.

3.

With family patience waited out your flood.

We understood your seasonal temper,

a temper only seen in November

when molten crystals form upon your mud.

Around every corner we will wait,

our children playing in your frosted parks

and dogs on lengthened tether hold their barks,

we know the springtime thaw will seal our fate.

A place on shore for every walk of life.

A four year old will finally learn to swim

with older boys where current has more force.

We stand on shore where once husband and wife,

to monitor our children’s every whim

and notice that the river is on course.

 

Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years.My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry.I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more.I share a weekly poem for TCEevery Saturday.I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go.I share new excerpts of this work every weekend.A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family.I am excited to share my poetry and my writing.If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com.The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

3 thoughts on “The Truckee River Downtown Reno

  • January 1, 2018 at 7:26 PM
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    Nicely penned Jamie and in your very individual style. Some great phrasing and imagery my friend, great work.

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  • January 1, 2018 at 10:29 PM
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    Well done, Jamie. I love to stroll along the River Walk and sit to watch the water and ducks going by. It is a lovely area. Great work on your phrasing and imagery.

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  • January 5, 2018 at 5:15 AM
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    Excellent work. And if I must say so, number 3 to me flowed the best, though they all were very well done, I was bouncing with 3. I always found it difficult to write in a.b.b.a. but you seemed to pull it off nicely. Good work.

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