Drops of limpid liquid

Falling like a string of pearls

Emanating from a slowly-melting glacier

Streams, pools and eddies

Slender threads of silvery silk
 adorning sheer rock-faces
Then scurrying downhill like a gaggle of giggling schoolgirls

Sinewy slithering restless rapids

Roaring loud, tumbling down with a thrusting force

Like a winding hungry python stalking its helpless prey

Rushing madly toward one another

Like languishing lovers longing for an embrace 

Joining hands at the confluence to elope together

Ponderous, serene, expansive, voluminous

Stained now from encounters with countless towns

Patient, slower, quieter, yet exuding its awesome power

I have glimpsed these fascinating facets

Of the Himalayan river known by many names

Yet we who receive her gift of life 

Can only call her 


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