‘RIVER THAT FLOWS TWO WAYS’/acrylic/gunther
March 16, 2020
By Arthur H. Gunther III
This is the mighty Native-American “Muhhekunnetuk,” Henry Hudson and Verrazzano’s waterway, the Dutch North River. It has carried people, goods and services through the ages of Indian itinerant travel, white exploration, war, peace, growth, depression and both the betterment and exploitation of “progress.” It will long continue to flow to Gotham and beyond, to Albany and the tributaries of upstate rural existence. It will not give up its life, its beauty, its remaining potential come viral illness, inept governing or greed. Muhhekunnetuk will remain, in troubling times or not, “the river that flows two ways,” apt description from those here long before anyone else.
The writer is a retired newspaperman. firstname.lastname@example.org