Glenda Beall, Therein Lies the Difference

Glenda Beall

The Hiawassee River bubbles
and gurgles, slaps the rocks
sending sprays of diamonds
into the air. In your red canoe
you slide down mini-falls,
slip between boulders, using
your paddle to guide you.
I glide along in my john boat
with silent trolling motor over
a dark pond that mirrors clouds,
past willow oaks that line its banks.
You seek out challenge, dare
danger, test yourself
— and win.
I seek out the quiet coves.

Bio: Glenda Beall is a poet and writer, teacher and mentor, who enjoys expressing her feelings and thoughts by writing. Her chapbook, Now Might as Well be Then, published by Finishing Line Press in 2009, is still available on She and her husband were different in many ways, but like two puzzle pieces, fit together to form a perfect picture. Without him her poems hold a more somber note, and life has not yet regained its ebullience.

24 thoughts on “Glenda Beall, Therein Lies the Difference

  1. Great use of imagery. Excellent contrast. love “sprays of diamonds/into the air. In your red canoe/
    you slide down mini-falls” and “a dark pond that mirrors clouds.”

  2. That splash of red canoe is like lipstick painted onto a black & white scene. Really striking. Loved this poem and the contrast it sets up. Beautiful language, Glenda. You’ve done it once again.

  3. Glenda, I love this poem. It is excellent. I am in love with the Hiawassee, River and last weekend I went there with my son and daughter to take pictures of them in their boots splashing in the river. Later back at the house, having just been immersed in the Hiawassee, I read Jeremy two poems: “The Long Man” by Glenda Barrett and “I Hear the River Call My Name” by Mary Ricketson. If I had this poem, I would have read it to him too. He will hear it one day for sure.

    • Thanks, Phebe. I have never been a dare devil, but my husband often pushed me to get out of my comfort zone. And when I did things like ride motorcycles with him, I found it was fun. Left to my own devices, however, I linger in the quiet coves.

    • A good way to describe us, Melissa, Go Getters and The Go with the Flow-ers. In this stage of my life, I find I have to be more of a go-getter than I once was, but often I, too, paddle between the groups.

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