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The Similkameen River


The Similkameen River flows east a long way from the mountains of E.C. Manning Park in British Columbia, to the *Okanagan fruit growing area in southern BC, where it turns south into the United States to  become the *Okanogan River south of Oroville, and from there to the mighty Columbia River which then flows west again to the Pacific while it forms the border between Oregon and Washington for much of the way between them.

*Okanagan (Canadian spelling)

*Okanogan (American spelling)

It can be a bit of a flood plain  in parts.

Does the river follow the highway, or does the highway follow the river?


Every time the highway bends,

And I’ve thought the river ends,

Then I see it once again,

Flowing past the rough terrain.


“Faithful follower, that you be,

Following me past rock and tree,

And you have so far to go.”

Says the river, “That I know.”


“I will twist and I will turn,

Shores of shrubbery and fern,

Gurgling over rocky places,

Where the little whitefish races.”


“Past the mountains and the streams,

Past the vineyards of my dreams,

I will hurry to the states,

Where the huge Columbia waits.”


“All together we will flow,

And we’ll put on quite a show.

At the western ocean shore,

You won’t know me anymore.”


“In the water system’s grasp,

Plunging in has made me gasp,

Sorry I’m not more specific,

But I’m in the great Pacific.”




Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

25 thoughts on “The Similkameen River

  1. Great poem and so true of the area. 🙂

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  2. With that name, it better be pretty 🙂
    Cheers !


  3. Do you ever get tired of, or not notice the majesty of your scenery? I can only dream of living among such glorious nature. So gorgeous. Great poem, too.

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    • Funny you should say that, about getting tired of it. We often try to think where we could move to because it’s getting so built up here, but as we go through all sorts of suggestions and ideas, we always end up staying here. Glad you liked my little poem. Thanks, Lori.

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  4. You certainly live in an inspiring area, Anneli.

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  5. Your poem does a fine job of capturing the landscape along its shores.

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  6. Your last lines made me giggle. Love this, Anneli!

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  7. I love those last lines hah! Very evocative of place, Anneli.

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  8. Love your poem and the pictures too!

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