Poetry – I am Clyde.

In the following piece I have concentrated on alliteration with a cadence and rhythm that mimics the flowing waters of the river Clyde. For the poetic technocrats you will notice I have sacrificed both metre or any form of iambic stress patterns and for that I apologise. Oh, for free verse!

I have adopted a lamenting tone of a lovesick character, but then you the reader may decide your own interpretation of the theme.

Sandy River Bank on the Clyde. Clyde walkway Scotland.

Sandy River Bank on the Clyde. Clyde walkway Scotland.

I am Clyde

I need you.

I confer with you my Clyde

Disillusion in my distemper

I lay lazy by your side

Pleasures past I still remember.


I sense you.

Fragrance clear as your falsetto

Odour sweet from an orchid flower

Timeless temptress I am besotted

Disinterred my soul you devour.


I hear you

Musical tunes a mysterious song

I relish the resonance and harmony

Oratorio orchesis flowing along

Whimsical waters dance the melody.


I drink you.

I slip and slide into your mist

I grip and grasp for air

Racing pulse and pounding fist.

Screaming alive in my aphonia

Bonnington Linn - River Clyde - Scotland

Bonnington Linn – River Clyde – Scotland

I feel you.

Driven deep over worn cliffs

Enchanted silence warm embrace

Drowning in orgasmic bliss

Spiritual essence of milky lace


I was.

Flotsam flirting amongst the rocks

Thrown and torn my human waste

Morticians work the mourners’ corpse

To bury somewhere, in a pointless place.


I am you.

Sagacious spirits we are entwined

Now nature’s eternal souls

So I am you,

I am Clyde.


Aphonia:    Loss of voice from hysteria.

Omniety:    The condition of being all.

Oratorio:    A story set to music, with soloists, chorus and full orchestra.

Orchesis:   Art of dancing or rhythmical movement.

Sagacious:  Keen in perception or thought. Wise.

9 responses to “Poetry – I am Clyde.

  1. A very clever poem full of pathos, loss and longing. I have to admit I am a not a lover of free verse, I like quite strict meter and I prefer rhyme even if it is enclosed or whatever. However, all that said you did a good job with this I think.

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  2. I am overwhelmed.
    So now we know – you were meant to be a poet, first and foremost! This tops everything so far for me. I think this poem is brilliant – moving and beautiful. I love the pictures too. June

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  3. Absolutely fantastic!

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  4. You’ve known me long enough James to know that I’m no expert on poetry…and also that a lack of knowledge is never a barrier to me commenting or voicing an opinion 🙂 I really enjoyed reading this and I think the journey from conferring with the river to the idea (real or imagined) that the character becomes as one with water is incredibly sad but beautifully described. Very enjoyable read.

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  5. Powerful imagery in this piece. I like the way you tied the beginning and end together, with the lovers reunited as “nature’s eternal souls”.

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  6. James McEwan, could I ask a poem from you to add to a project here via WordPress members? I promise Sir this is neither a ploy, scam or spam that I am not trying to sell or prompt any item or idea of poor value or quality.

    We have 140 contributions to date, and I am trying again to rope in
    as many contributors to the Poets for Peace challenge (in place until this the end of August). The many voices in response to this have been fantastic, and I’d love you to add yours (again, if applicable) if you can. Feel free to use an existing piece of writing or a new one asking for peace and/or about the troubled times in which we live.

    If you are interested, please leave your poem in the comments section of Neha’s blog and it will be added.


    Thank you –
    Your voice matters.

    ‘We are so grateful to be part of this community where poets and
    creative minds from around the world stand together uniting for PEACE!

    This collaboration is open till August 31st and we hope to see more of
    you join in!’
    – Neha


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