Saturday, May 21, 2016

Big Creek vs Pigeon River

water wild, water tamed

Big Creek is larger than many rivers in the these mountains—
clear as water gets,
letting loose the green and black of its depths,
the white, where, dropping, it froths after rocks,

just downstream a hydroelectric plant sits
and forces the Pigeon River to flow through its turbines
and transform dropping water into electricity
for our microwaves and electronic tools,

how challenging it is to need water tamed
and to also need water wild,

we struggle to balance those needs.

by Henry H. Walker
May 16, ‘16

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