Chicago River Flood of ’92–25th Anniversary Tribute

Chicago River–Flood of ’92–25th Anniversary Tribute

Chicago River — Flood of ’92

Chicago River,

You old City Drifter,

banked and browned

in your earthly lore.

River of Onions

running backwards

in time from nothing

not fire or war,

until 1900

when they cut

off your mouth

at its muddy roar;

silent all these years

until today

when you evened the score,

a murky payback

to engineers

who reversed your shore.

~Kathleen Keenan