Write to the River — Summer 2017 Prose & Poetry

This season’s writing prompt, "Lonesome Whistle" by Tom Reiter. This photo was taken in Hastings over the Mississippi River, near several FMR habitat restoration and Vermillion Stewards volunteer sites. "Lonesome Whistle" inspired a surprising diversity of prose and poetry for the summer 2017 edition of Write to the River . Read on for flash tales of near-misses, tense crossings, goddesses in sandstone cliffs, fond recollections and a prayer from the Big River itself. Our next photo prompt and call for creative writing submissions will be in the September issue of our e-newsletter, " Mississippi Messages ." Crossings by Jim Larson Rail and River, each trying to stay out of the other’s way. A bridge is their truce. Barges and boxcars, each harnessed in the service of commerce, as if that were the greatest good. You can let go of the wheel and boxcars will follow your plans but, don’t turn your back on a river. Waiting On A Train by Captain Bob Deck Who doesn’t feel the romantic pull of a train headed for someplace new? But for many years this sight caused shivers to run down my spine. See, for towboat pilots who are pushing a heavy raft […]

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