At lyrics.com they list 19,267 lyrics that contain river, 49 artists with river in the name, and 100 albums with river in the title. Next to love/heartbreak, river has to be one of the most frequent themes ever in the music world.
Michigan has over 300 named rivers. Several names are shared by different rivers; for example, there are eight Pine Rivers and seven Black Rivers. In four cases there are two rivers of the same name in one county. In these cases extra information such as alternate name or body of water they flow into has been added.
Looking through the list of names, Bad River, Blind Sucker River, Cataract River, Chocolay River, Dead Sucker River, Graveraet River, Little Dead River, River Styx (x2), Shakey River, and Yellow Dog River have the most interesting names. What follows is flash fiction using them.
One day I was feeling real bad after refusing to help a blind sucker that should have had cataract surgery years ago. Instead he ate chocolay until he dropped dead from caffeine overdose. His will said he wanted to be buried where the grave rats roam in the Underworld. He’d been dead just a short time and had not yet crossed the River Styx; but because he had no money for the ferry operator, the odds of his getting across were shakey. Instead, he was buried under his favorite tree on the hill, next to his old yellow dog.
Paula Light is the host of Thursday Inspiration. Paula says:
This week’s theme is river and the picture is [above.] Here is the song snippet from “The River Cried” recorded by Patty Smyth in 1987:
And the river cried ’cause I lost your love
The river cried, oh
The river cried for my lonely soul
The river cried