Severn River Poem by Jill Shilvock
The Severn River
The Severn River should be
Not existing as an open sore
Not existing as a sewer
About Jill Shilvock
Jill Shilvock lives in England in Stourbridge, which was once a crossing place of the River Stour, a tributary of the English River Severn.
She has an American internet friend with ancestors from Maryland, who directed her to the SRA web site where she learned about the area. She read The Severn River Log, and with Kurt Riegel’s encouragement wrote this poem.
She believes her free-form poem to lend itself to the subject much better than a (scrapped) rhyming poem in iambic pentameters which she wrote first. She uses the word ‘we’ throughout because the words are as relevant to her River Severn as to our Severn River.
Jill Shilvock works in the postroom of a local government office. She is married to a postman and has four teenage children.
(Revised Junel 2008)