Raking the River

 /   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
October 2018

By Charlotte Tigchelaar

Jeff Kovatch Memorial Ohio River Cleanup,
Harris Riverside Park, Huntington, WV

My father
reaches out with the rake
and pulls the bottle toward us.
I pick it up with my litter-getter and
drop it into our big green plastic bag.
“I’m raking the river,” he says.
We both laugh.
I think that would be a good idea for a poem.

Raking the River Charlotte Tigchelaar

Charlotte Tigchelaar, 11
Huntington, WV

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