Dear River

An open love letter to the Mississippi

Love is complicated, and so is our relationship to the Mississippi River. Dear River invites you to express your connection to the Mississippi through words and images. Together we'll write the river, one line at a time. By gathering stories and sentiments from near and far into a single stream, we can celebrate the range of experiences and emotions that comprise life on the Mississippi. Love, fear, anger, joy, sadness or hope - what will you write the river?

love

I always feel like I'm in another world when I'm with you.

—  Adrienne

hope

The people giveth
We clean it all at Metro
Ol' Man River lives

—  Ray Smith

joy
hope

Its a comfort watching you move. You're continually progressing. I wish I was like you, filled with regular movement. I wish I had currents, like yours, to direct me where to go next. But I think maybe you wish you could pause and rest for a while, like I can do. I think we can learn from each other

—  Megan

hope
hope

You have been my arranged marriage; ursuping a mad-wild love affair with the Pacific. With time, I came to understand the rise and fall, bend and break, freeze and steam of you. Soon, I hope you will carry me. Perhaps I am ready to trust us with a small boat, currents and all.

—  Emily Seru

love

Black dirt, drain tile, black top, storm drain, top down, bottoms up, drain pipe, overflow, over land, over time, under water, underwhelm, drip, drop, flow, flood, rush, run, stream, surge, river, roll, on, down, Rollin, Rollin, where have you been?

—  Shanai

hope

In my hometown, I used to go on river walk dates with my friends because we were too poor to afford coffee dates. Now that we've grown up and moved away, we still do river walk dates. We're slightly less poor and the Mississippi is slightly bigger.

—  Mellie H

love

Imagination thrives on contact, on tangible connection. For humans to have a responsible relationship to the world, they must imagine their places in it. To have a place, to live and belong in a place, to live from a place without destroying it, we must imagine it.

—  W.B.

hope

This used to be the site of a giant waterfall, many many many years before we were here. Time flows on.

—  S.H.M.

A connection to the Mississippi