Tuesday, November 13, 2012

High Water Mark

by David Shumate

It's hard to believe, but at one point the water rose to this
level.  No one had seen anything like it.  People on rooftops.
Cows and coffins floating through the streets.  Prisoners
carrying invalids from their rooms.  The barkeeper consoling
the preacher.  A coon hound who showed up a month later
forty miles downstream.  And all that mud it left behind.  You
never forget times like those.  They become part of who you
are.  You describe them to your grandchildren.  But they think
it's just another tale in which animals talk and people live
forever.  I know it's not the kind of thing you ought to say...
But I wouldn't mind seeing another good flood before I die.
It's been dry for decades.  Next time I think I'll just let go and
drift downstream and see where I end up.

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