The river Thames ran long before we came, and it will run long after we leave. It has run under many names; its waters have nourished and carried many people, from well before recorded time until now; there is no reason to think it will not see many more generations.
It is an estuary; the river flows into the North Sea and the sea rises in turn to meet it. Its tides have brought people from many lands to its shores. Beneath the river lies the evidence of many lives; tesserae from the Roman occupation joins the skeletons of fish consumed in Celtic times and create homes for the peculiar denizens of the brackish waters.
They keep their own counsel, these waters; they have seen the rise and fall of more than one civilization.
© 2007 Cynthia Newcomer Daniel
Sterling silver, lampwork by Donna Millard of Fyrebeadz. Hand fabricated.