ANOTHER WELL-LIT DAY & THE RIVER
Monica Berlin & Beth Marzoni
replaced with bluff, replaced
creek then creek then sky
mile thirteen hundred & So
we've learned to read.
plays or how indecipherably widened
faster than we'd like. This country
we've passed again through, Dear One,
no lines plot here or there &
but switch back, cross
keep going. & So,
irrigation for Falls, mistake
for navigation, mistake left
we're not wrong.
a lark, & found that old man
now & the sound of what distance
away around its banks. Those ruins
only water knows. Dear One, only
dear what it taught us gives,
regardless the habit or course.
or hairpin or spur
to honor convergence,
Fun Fact: A raindrop that falls into Lake Itasca, at the start of Old Man, will take about ninety days to arrive in the Gulf of Mexico. Drop us in the river holding that drop and we'd take approximately the same amount of time—barring interruption or detour or catastrophe or barge traffic. This, Faulkner knew: "My, my. A body does get around."