Loading...
Loading...
Click here if you don’t see subscription options
Richard SchiffmanFebruary 17, 2022

A millrace where the waters churn
and plunge that turned a turbine once
which spun a shaft that drove
the great stone wheels around
that ground tobacco leaf to snuff.

The Bronx was still a woodland then
ribbed with rills of mica schist
and bouldered pasturelands,
a few rough farms bisected by this stream—
which jogs along nowadays beside its namesake highway.

A sudsy swill once, since restored
and clean enough for waterfowl to roost.
We came in every season, my dad’s old haunt,
a leafing world away from the handball courts
on the Grand Concourse.

Today I’m back again to watch the river
tripping whitely over stones.
The glen, just greening now, dogwoods
in bloom, the blushing rhododendron.
I am neither happy nor sad.

This river knows my name.
It knows my father’s name.
Everything flows and stays the same.
This is all I seem to know,
or need to.

The latest from america

jesuit father marko rupnik speaks in front of a microphone
Slovenian Jesuit and artist Father Marko Rupnik has been barred from hearing confessions or offering spiritual direction after complaints about his ministry.
A priest in white robes speaks with a young girl in a jacket that reads "Newtown Lacrosse"
Reflecting on the horror and the events of the intervening years, Msgr. Weiss said: “Gratitude sustains me. I pray a lot and try to keep myself in the Lord’s hands.”
Who is this King Wenceslas fella? What makes him good? And why does he merit a song at Christmas?
Jim McDermottDecember 05, 2022
Pope Francis visits a Nativity scene during an audience with the donors of the Vatican Christmas tree and the Nativity scenes, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.
Stopping to gaze at and perhaps pray before a Nativity scene is one of the best ways to remember the real meaning of Christmas, Pope Francis said.