It is a fine thing to sit by a river, watching it flow; to be firmly planted on one shore, daydreaming about the other. The river flows. Time passes. Thoughts sparkle and play in the dancing light, then, as if inexorably drawn by the currents, flow, drift, float on by.
The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, saw the world as ever-changing, always in a state of flux. It was he who said you can't step into the same river twice - or, more correctly:
'Everything changes and nothing remains still...and...you cannot step twice into the same stream.'
Each time I sit beside it - in a riverside cafe, on the end of a jetty, on a grassy or rocky bank - the river is new. It is a different river, always changing, never still. Strange, then, that here, making the coloured marks that paint a picture on my page, a kind of stillness settles and in it, there is an echo, a memory, a reflection of eternity.
'To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.'
Some river sketches, a small collection - same river, different river.