New Kindle Book Out Now: The River is an Endless Rope – Poems


This book is a new collection of over 180 poems by David Hadley.

David Hadley’s poems have been published in several magazines in the UK and US.

Several of his poems have been cherry-picked by the editors at

The River is an Endless Rope

Available here (UK) or here (US).


The River is an Endless Rope

All through this slipping of time
The river flows sedately onward,
An endless rope pulled by the sea.
Sometimes, though, the river swells,
Swells in anger, as it tries to twist
Break free from the grip of the sea.
But the sea’s grip is too strong,
Holding tight onto this river’s tongue
For millions of long winding years.

In all that time, the churning sea
Has not let the river drop once,
Not yet, and – perhaps – not ever.
Days flow on, pouring into the past
Like water back into deeper seas.
The river ties the rain back home
To the deeper distant seas,
Connecting now to then to now
Like rain to water and sea.

I spend a great deal of time
Walking along by this river,
Watching its steps, marking its moods,
Taking every day it brings
And trying to hold on, like the sea
Holds tight to its own rivers
Pulling them back towards it
Fearing that too much freedom means
They will one day break free.


The River is an Endless Rope

Available here (UK) or here (US).

Another collection of poems by David Hadley:

This Brief Life of Sparks is available for the Kindle here (UK) or here (US).

Some comments about David Hadley’s poems:

“your lovely poem awoke my own memories”
“An elegant poem”
“wow well done”
“That was beautiful.”
“That captures my ambivalent feelings about morning! Love those last five lines.”
“This is simply gorgeous, poignant and bittersweet. Thank you for this”
“Lovely and delicate, like your dancer.”
“This is a beautiful poem, hadley! I love the two-stansa structure and whole reflective, traquil feel. Well done ;)”
“I like the way you write – sounds a bit strange, lol, but true.”
“very Keats like … much enjoyed.”
“another scorcher!”
“Lovely rhymes and rhythm, quite a warming feeling, good stuff!”
“What a beautiful picture you paint with your words.”
“Wow, this is pure perfection. I absolutely love this poem. You use a whole different dimension here- a unique story told in familiar ways. Each stanza, each line and each word is in perfect harmony. This is what I call craftsmanship. Well done.”
“Absolutely beautiful. I’m awe struck, well done :)”
“I really like the way this evolves… The line: ‘Silence speaks like a sullen child.’ is great,”
“really enjoyed, beautiful 🙂 Especially the last lines.”
“I found this strangely haunting.”
“absolutely spell-bounding stuff.”
“I liked this, especially the last few lines”
“This is a nice piece of work – well done.”
“Thoughtful and thought provoking.”
“I like this. Can identify with the little things forgotten when waking and lost.”
“an interesting – and thought-provoking -piece.”
“fantastic! Love this line: ‘where all the rules are torn / to scatter like coloured confetti ‘”
“An excellent evocation of the dreamworld.”
“’it’s harder than you think to close / the doors of all those memories.’ So true…”
“I think this is a beautiful poem…”
“Good one.”
“beautifully poetic, I really like this.”
“”Running the sands of my life / through my opening fingers” lovely lines”
“Brilliant stuff. Loved it.”
“I liked this. There is a good truth in this”
“Eloquent, beautiful.”
“Lovely words.”
“This is stunning, I’ve read it over and over again and will do many times today.”
“Great. Love the opening lines, turning a cliched image into a new, fresh one. This so mirrors my own reflections on where I am. Fabulous write”
“I love the first two lines. Gripped my attention straight away. A lovely poem. Well done.”

The River is an Endless Rope

Available here (UK) or here (US).

Published by David Hadley

A Bloke. Occasionally points at ducks.

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