William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Sunday, 26, July, 2009

Across the Great Divide

Filed under: Natural History,Poetry — williamthecoroner @ 18:40

akronportageI’ve been walkin’ in my sleep
Countin’ troubles ‘stead of countin’ sheep
Where the years went I can’t say
I just turned around and they’ve gone away

I’ve been siftin’ through the layers
Of dusty books and faded papers
They tell a story I used to know
And it was one that happened so long ago

It’s gone away in yesterday
Now I find myself on the mountainside
Where the rivers change direction
Across the Great Divide

Now, I hear the owl a-callin’
Softly as the night was fallin’
With a question and I replied
But he’s gone across the borderline

The finest hour that I have seen
Is the one that comes between
The edge of night and the break of day
It’s when the darkness rolls away

Kate Wolf

A continental divide is a high point that separates two (or more) watersheds.  In Ohio, the Cuyaghoga drains into Lake Erie and thence to the Atlantic; the Tuscawaras drains into the Ohio, thence to the Mississippi and the Gulf.  The Portage Path in Akron is the old trail that connected the two river systems, where the statue (above) stands.  The Great Divide refers to the separation of the Pacific and Atlantic watersheds, it follows the Rocky Mountains. NorthAmericaDivides Map from Wikimedia Commons.

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1 Comment »

  1. “The finest hour that I have seen
    Is the one that comes between
    The edge of night and the break of day
    It’s when the darkness rolls away.”

    I have never been a morning person. But my hiking adventures have taken me many a time to see to the world change between the “…edge of night and the break of day…” That time is rather magical. Both in reality and as a metaphor.

    Comment by Katie — Monday, 27, July, 2009 @ 20:40 | Reply


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