The River Whispers

By: Lori Jo Hill

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020

Editor's Note: Lori Jo Hill comes from Clayton and grew up enjoying everything that River life offers.  She currently lives in the Poconos near her daughter and granddaughter, but she still has family and friends in the North Country.  Lori Jo, like so many of us, is a member of the 1000 Islands River Rats Now and Then, Facebook page.  She posted this in early April, and it garnered 350+ likes and... shares. She has generously shared it with us a well.

Lori Jo wrote, "We all love the River and I thought perhaps you would relate to this...

The River Whispers

No matter how long between visits
or what season it happens to be,
the closer north, the more I travel
I feel the St. Lawrence call to me.

Time starts to slow down, unwind -
I seek not only friends and family, but a sense of belonging,
it’s etched upon my memory.

There’s a bridge connecting the lands,
and a lighthouse that beckons to all,
a castle of dreams to visit,
you can fish, hear the wild birds call...

Drive out to the island or Canada,
or walk along the riverbanks,
catch a drive-in movie in the summer,
or watch a sunset and give thanks...

Coffee’s always waiting at the diner.
There’s a thousand reasons not to leave,
the stars are brighter and you see more there
in the northern night sky, I believe.

A place that changes, yet, stays the same -
and no matter where else I roam,
it gets harder to leave with each visit,
the River whispers, “come
home”...

Lori Jo Hill: for my fellow River Rats ❤️

Taken Saturday April 4th, 2020 

Posted in: Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020, Poetry



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