The Fourth River

Tributaries: “River Road”

By on February 8, 2017

By Akua Lezli Hope


Long way is the highway
short way follows river
goes past farm field fringed with timothy
Jerusalem artichoke, dames rockets
stone steps to the landing
shaded by old willow
flat sweep below a twist of green hills
a cool, brush-furred curve, a cluster
of pretty homes spaced far apart
roadlines ascend to private lands
past the corrals of Crystal stables and Bottchners’ landing
where tobacco grew families, now sunflowers
strawberries, black berries, Christmas trees
where the mountain lion made the news
and disappeared on its way to Connecticut
this short cut is the beauty way
too narrow said the driver
for the school bus.





Akua Lezli Hope is a creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, and metal to create poems, patterns, stories, music, ornaments, adornments and peace whenever possible. Her manuscript, Them Gone, won Red Paint Hill’s Editor’s Prize wand will be published in fall 2016. She has published 114 crochet designs.