The River's Arguments

The river, its arguments smudged 
like a wallet from greasy fingerprints, 
gives up over its course all carding, 
ID’s, unions, obituaries, places 
and names, business passed by, 
or through,
for the greater happiness 
of memory—being 
somewhere in time, a role 
played out and measured 
on flood poles. Year-marked. Especially 
in small towns levels are noticed,
in cafes where a river runs by windows 
and buries fields in silt every century.
Another, muddy world. A fortune in water.

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