- The Truth on Three Lick Creek
Below the ridges, dim and low,the hollows and narrow valleys run,and pools of water prove a streamhas been there once. Standing beforea pool like these, painted with leavesdropped from the trees, I now believea mind conceived this place and thought,it must be sunken down, and savethe birds and wind and other soundsbelonging to it, it must be quiet.And let the truth of this be as plainas a dead leaf, the mind has said.We'll bring a boy down here one dayand see if he can handle it. [End Page 20]
Maurice Manning's most recent poetry collections are One Man's Dark and The Gone and the Going Away. 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.