Thursday, May 31, 2018

Muhheakantuck (The Hudson)

A peek of Hudson Harbor from the High Line

Muhheakantuck (The Hudson)

She's born of Lake Tear of the Clouds,
meanders down and sidles past Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea
before slipping into the Bay
for which I raise my chin to collect her cooling breath
as I sit elevated above Manhattan's West side

once occupied by freight,
lifted 30 feet above city's hustle and bustle,
West Side Cowboys no longer needed
bravely waving flags before dangerous street-level trains.

Fur, wheat, timber aboard sloop-rigged vessels
once sailed toward Stoney Point Lighthouse
whose fog bell and light guided many a larger ship
into Hudson's Harbor.

Leisure has high-jacked the High Line,
pedestrians relax upon benches,
amble beside lush gardens, lick Mexican ice pops;
deciding between Cucumber Lime and Mango Chile
was difficult, so I had both.

Traffic upon the Hudson still welcomes industry,
but many a fine yacht I spy from my perch,
marvel at the history of surrounding area
and the future which awaits this mighty river.

by Margaret Bednar, May 31, 2018

A Mexican Ice Pop from LA NEWYORKINA
I've visited the Chelsea district a few times, NYC many, and have never walked the High Line.  After my first walk, I will make it a destination every time.   My favorite resting spot is pictured above - a nice treat of Mexican Ice Pops and beverages and food overlooking the Hudson... (just before exiting for the Chelsea Market.

This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Imaginary Toads - Sanaa's Challenge - Water Under the Bridge".

a much longer walking tour video (about 30 minutes):


Sanaa Rizvi said...

Gosh this is an absolute treat!💜 Thank you so much for sharing, Margaret. Good to have you back at the Garden 💜

Robert Bourne said...

such vivid images you created with this poem... :)

Sherry Marr said...

You took me right there, where I will never get to, and made me see it. Wonderful, Margaret.

Gillena Cox said...

I remember a tour there many years ago while on vacation with my sister
Nice write

much love...

Old Egg said...

Whata gorgeous narrative piece this is. City life can be most rewarding can't it?

Toni Spencer said...

What a fun write. I love the High Line!

Kim Russell said...

I've been to New York once in my life, 17 years ago, but I recognised the places in your poem, Margaret, with fondness. I enjoyed the video tours very much!

annell said...

I enjoyed reading your post!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thanks for sharing this unique view of an iconic river. I like the sound of its original name too.

Jim said...

We occasionally visit NYC, mostly a stopover on or from an overseas trip. We somehow missed the High Line Park. It must be fairly new. Earlier this year from our docked ship we took the Brooklyn Naval Yard Ferry to the 911 Memorial Park. That was a pleasant ride and of course better still seeing the Memorial. Last time we were over there it was a big hole in the ground.