River Girl

Art by Emily Bombere

River Girl

I’ve spent my whole life in the sunrise
over the Mattaponi. She peers over the bank,
blowing kisses and then passes me to the moon,
so he can rock me to sleep. But I never rest.
Because when the sun sleeps, I swim in the river

and dance with the moon in circles to the other side
of my peninsula where the Pamunkey flows. We hide
in the basement roots of trees that grow along the bank
and make playlists of a train’s whistle and the hoots
of an owl symphony in the tall pines. He always says,

“Tell me a story,” and I tell him of the time I ran away.




  1. Patricia Horelick

    April 27, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Oh my, Sophia, you truly have the heart and pen of a poet! I love the playful spirit in this one.

  2. Cheryl Haynes

    April 27, 2018 at 4:34 pm


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