Day at the River

Shenandoah River, Virginia, USA. Photo from Pexels

Day at the River

Glowing sunrise…

Going to the river.

Blowing breezes,

flowing water…

Floating downstream .

Slowing the pace,

growing mindful,

knowing serenity.

Glowing sunset…

Going home in peace.

Copyright© 2021 by Cheryl Batavia

Swan on the Shenandoah River near Edinburg, Virginia, USA. I crossed this historic 1942 river bridge daily for most of the 18 years I lived in Shenandoah County. Two of the four spans are hidden by the trees. Photo by Aaron Burden from Unsplash.
Swan on the Shenandoah River. Photo by Aaron Burden from Unsplash.

Thank you to My WordPress Family

500+ Subscribers

Your support and encouragement mean the world to me! You have helped me to get through these dark days of the pandemic, the isolation, and the health issues. WordPress bloggers are talented, inspiring, kind, and helpful…friends who have treated me like family! You are appreciated!

Kritika of “Valorous Bird”, thank you for discovering my website and encouraging me to start my blog. I will always remember.

My first post was on June 18, 2020, and this is post number 112. As of today, I have 505 subscribers. Thank you all!



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  1. So peaceful, and the river’s serenity is perfectly calming for my suuny autumn day Cheryl … and congratulations on achieving your WP milestone … I always enjoy reading your posts…

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  2. Such a beautiful pic of the swan and the river Cheryl.

    It is such a pleasure to know you and have you amongst us.

    Congratulations and many more to follow.

    Love and blessings.

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    1. Thank you, Laura, for sharing your thoughts. I saw swans only once on the Shenandoah and in the same location where the photographer took these photos. I think they stop there during seasonal migrations.

      When I lived on the East Coast of Florida, a pair of swans spent a week on the little lake behind my house, Again, I think they were taking a break during a migration. I lived in that house for seven years, but that was the only year I saw the swans.

      I have been fortunate to live in many lovely places, several of them in and around the Mountains of Virginia. That area will always be close to my heart.

      Have a great weekend! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you, Michelle, for your lovely comment. There is a lot to do in that area if you would like to visit: Washington, DC, Smithsonian Museums, Monticello, Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park, boating on the Shenandoah, wineries, Luray Caverns, New Market Battlefield … and much more! Enjoy your weekend. ❤



  3. Cheryl, I imagine you never tired of driving on this extraordinary bridge over the beautiful Shenandoah River! The views are magical and you capture its soothing peaceful nature perfectly in your poem. Congratulations on your milestone followers and wow, that is a lot of posts in under a year! 😀

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    1. Annika, thank you so much for your lovely remarks. ❤ I am glad you enjoyed the post. During my twenties and thirties, I spent a lot of time swimming and fishing in the Shenandoah River. Before that bridge was built, in 1942, people crossed the river on a ferry.

      A few of the poems I posted were excerpts from my books. I think about 80 were written in the last 10 months. I am not terribly prolific.

      Hope all is well with you! 🙂

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  4. What a beautiful poem of peace and serenity to start my day with Cheryl. Thanks so much for sharing it and Congratulations on 500 followers! It is a joy to be part of your W.P. family and share friends as we go! Awwww dear Kritika is so lovely and I’m also glad she found you as you are an inportatant part of our community!

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  5. Thank you, Michel, for your kind comments. ❤ So glad you liked the poem. I got a little crazy and decided to write a poem where all the first words of lines rhyme. Thank you for pointing out to me that they are all gerunds. 🙂 Have a great week!
    Love ❤



  6. ‘Going home in Peace’ after visiting the blissful world the soul feels to have bathed in serenity. Love your poetry.
    Congratulations! Yayyyy! I am happy that you have been enjoying blogging and wish you connect with more and more people. Your kind heart is the attraction. Loads of love and hugs. xoxo

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    1. So Glad you enjoyed the poem. Thank you so much for your kind response, Kritika. ❤ I have not been on WordPress for a few days due to both computer issues and health issues. I had a reaction to my second covid vaccine, but am getting better. I have not been able to post comments, but tonight when I tried, WordPress seems to be working again. I hope you are safe and well. Take care of yourself ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. I would say rest as much as possible. Happy that you are getting better. Need to be a lot careful with eyes. Stay away from screen for a longer time.
        WordPress too has its own issues. No idea what change it brings next.
        I am safe and healthy. Very much taking care of self. Please do take care of your health. (Hearts) (Hugs)

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  7. What a beautiful tranquil scene! The Shennandoh River is gorgeous. Virginia was a great place to live.
    Congratulations on 500+ followers. I thought you were blogging a lot longer that that. Keep up the good work.



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