Wheeling

Nestled along the mighty Ohio
Here because of the river, and
Her swift, powerful steel gray waters
All about, lush green rolling hills

Lost in some respects, searching
For itself amidst the flow
Of the gallant river, and life
Hoping for cleansing, perhaps a release

Long coal barges slip past
Darkened shoreline warehouses, factories
Colorful Victorian houses, from another time, wave
And smile as what once was starts over

No easy answers for any city, not for Wheeling
But then, maybe we make it all too hard–
Life, death, rebirth, being
Wheeling, a new gleam in its eyes

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: http://www.donaldiannone.com Wisdom Work Press: https://wisdomworkpress.wordpress.com

12 thoughts on “Wheeling

  1. I relate to this – living here on the Arkansas.
    When I was a kid I thought that ALL towns were built on rivers – now I know that not all towns are, just the better ones. 🙂

  2. Andrew: Interesting. Didn’t know you lived on the Arkansas. Yes, rivers are powerful forces in our lives both literally and symbolically.

  3. I can dig it! And all the other poems I missed. But I was in the presence of the man himself, so I’m at peace with myself. Thanks, Brother!

  4. Don, thanks for the poem, the images and the thoughts. I’d also like to share something with you that I found recently. It isn’t poetry, but I hope it’ll give you some insights. It’s a book called Harmonic Wealth and it’s all about finding harmony in your life in all areas – financial, relational, mental, physical, and spiritual. It has some really good tips about how to engage all five pillars (or areas) of your life, and to learn more about how they complement each other. Rather than dealing with each issue individually, maybe take a look at the bigger picture.

    Here’s the link to that book I recommend: harmonicwealth.com/read

    a James Ray Fan

  5. Dan: You’re welcome. Glad you both enjoyed the poem and pics. Yeah I forgot about the Ferry pics from our trip a while back.

  6. James Ray Fan: Thanks so much. I will definitely check the book out. Sounds like good direction. Glad to have to stop by. Feel free to stop back…

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