Thoreau turned upstream on the Merrimack
rather than to the ocean

before heading back


needles and rotting leaves
the floor of the stream steep
water the color of tea

it’s a dangerous
river that was home

shores denuded
when tall pines older than the railroad
were felled to make way
for fiber optic cable

they say you log on
in its branching current

owls and herons take him away
above the hydroelectric turbines


landing adventurously
perhaps to shout

I remember where you are

the cuisine isn’t that much different
than our second city together

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