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they straightened out the Mississippi River in places, to make room for houses and livable acreage.

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Occasionally the river floods these places.

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"Floods" is the word they use, but in fact it is not flooding;

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it is remembering.

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Remembering where it used to be.

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All water has a perfect memory

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and is forever trying to get back to where it was.

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Writers are like that: remembering where we were, that valley we ran through, what the banks were like,

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the light that was there and the route back to our original place.

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It is emotional memory--what the nerves and the skin remember as well as how it appeared. And a rush of imagination is our "flooding.”

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it leaps!

it leaps!

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