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"My soul has grown deep like the rivers."   -- Langston Hughes
The River
Digital Photo/Graphic
21" X 21"

Rivers are and have been, essential to humanity. Each has a unique personality, and benefits the communities near it in different ways. I hope some day people awaken again to the magical natures of the rivers around them - nurturing life and wending their ways from the mountains to the seas. Here's a great poem about rivers by the Harlem Renaissance master:

"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" - by Langston Hughes

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.