This River

This is the river
that didn’t appear on the map

I think these first two lines shows the small discoveries you stumble upon when exploring outside—like a small, personal victory for finding the river. – Rachel Talen, age 22
Interesting here that it is ‘the river’ and not ‘a river.’ The river here is unique, seemingly the only one not found on a map. – Kyle Austin, age 22

that spread across the end
of one of those endless two-tracks
angling off a logging road
or, perhaps, it wasn’t a two-track
at all, just a space between the trees
that you mistook and ended here.

The second and third stanzas seem to speak of human endeavors which are invasive to nature, hence the image of the logging road. I love how the two-track road can also be defined as simply a space between the trees that someone ‘mistook’ for a defined path. – Kyle Austin, age 22

No tracks but the curve
of deer hooves in the bank sand,
the path of ancients
disappearing into brush.

An interesting image, since I can see a deer’s small, curved hooves and also the bigger curve of the tracks. – Rachel Talen, age 22

The river surges by,
its unmistakable clarity.
Even in the pines
on the far bank, each needle
sparks a single fire
rubbed from it by the wind.

This final image is striking, the red fire in all the trees and brush left by the rest of the poem is a great thing to leave the reader with. - Patty Schlutt, age 15
Rivers have always held a mystical power over humans, they are strong yet calm, they can take away life yet they are needed to sustain it. The line about the pine needles reinforces the imagery of life around a river, sustaining and beautiful. – Rachel McGuinness, age 18
Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.