The Truth on Three Lick Creek

Below the ridges, dim and low,

the hollows and narrow valleys run,

and pools of water prove a stream

has been there once. Standing before

a pool like these, painted with leaves

dropped from the trees, I now believe

a mind conceived this place and thought,

it must be sunken down, and save

the birds and wind and other sounds

belonging to it, it must be quiet.


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Maurice Manning’s most recent books are The Gone and the Going Away, his fifth collection of poems, and The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, co-edited with Eleanor Wilner. A former Guggenheim fellow, Manning has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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