Shedding water


Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The above lines were all I was ever required to learn of Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner … thank ye gods. The whole is a long, boring piece of verse but a darn good story and these few lines nicely fit conditions in N.E. Tennessee at present. When I was at Watauga Lake early last month, the water was as high as I’ve ever seen it. Now it is more than three feet (@one meter) higher than it was then. Fortunately I live on a high ridge which is not on the Watauga watershed but is on the Nolichucky watershed. At my granny’s house in the springtime of my life, we were on the line between the two districts; I could pee off the front porch and it could conceivably  find its way to the Watauga River. If I peed out the back door, some would eventually wind up in the Nolichucky River. Granny frowned on such practices but little boys gotta do what they gotta do.

Get ready … a great weekend coming!

Published in: on May 9, 2013 at 10:36 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. You were a naughty boy. 🙂 Did you think of the rivers when you were peeing? Nolichucky and Watauga. So nice names. My ears and my tongue like them.
    I’m glad that a great weekend is coming but first … I must survive Friday.
    I’m happy I have my American friends on the net!

    • I hardly knew anything about the local rivers back then; I was more interested in playing around the house. Nolichucky and Watauga are nice Cherokee names; most of their place names seem to flow off the tongue.
      Happy Friday, Jola. 🙂

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