Rivers Hardly Ever

Rivers hardly ever run 
In a straight line. 
Rivers are willing to take 
ten thousand meanders 
And enjoy every one 
And grow from every one ~ 
When they leave a meander 
They are always more 
Than when they entered it. 
When rivers meet an obstacle, 
They do not try to run over it; 
They merely go around ~ 
But they always get to the other side. 
Rivers accept things as they are, 
Conform to the shape they find the world in ~ 
Yet nothing changes things more than rivers; 
Rivers move even mountains into the sea. 
Rivers hardly ever are in a hurry ~ 
Yet is there anything more likely 
To reach the point it sets out for 
Than a river ? 

Author: James Dillet Freeman