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?


Unbeknownst to mindless men, you are our "away".
Our society's blemishes, our mistakes
Are washed "away" with each drop of rain.
Downstream you carry our burdens
And just as soon, we forget
And make the same mistakes again.
My apologies, dear river, on behalf of mindless men.

—  L.R.


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

—  Adrienne


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

—  Ray Smith


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


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


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


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


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.

A connection to the Mississippi