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On the banks of the Yuba River
by the water clear and warm
I beheld the rocks and the river snakes
and I swam from shore to shore

By the banks of the Yuba river
I received the dreaded call
that began the slow unwinding
of the life that I had known

From the mystery comes beauty
from the mystery comes strife
every moment at the mercy
of a force we cannot describe
But it gives and it takes our lives

Do you remember where we walked along the Delaware?
Across the bridge and through the town
along the Raritan Canal
The water was murky, the water was still
the coldest of winters upon our heels
it was not heaven but it was ours
under the autumn eastern stars

One year passed and I returned again
to the Yuba's bouldered slopes
with a heart heavy with sorrow
but a heart of stubborn hope

But in that golden land of promise
in that land so far from home
once again I heard the dreaded words
this time that you were gone

When I left the Yuba River
I was half the woman I was before
And my heart is ever weeping for
what I lost on that day by the shore


from When I Go Home, released January 10, 2017




Sonya Cotton Salt Lake City, Utah

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