A Tribute to the Chattahoochee

Springs from the mountains in Georgia
Springs from the mountains in Georgia
old country home near the river
old country home near the river
fishing on the river
fishing on the river
nightfall on the river
nightfall on the river
your river runs free, as birds in flight
your river runs free, as birds in flight
water fowl take a rest on your banks
water fowl take a rest on your banks
you blend in with waters of the Gulf
you blend in with waters of the Gulf
Your duty and finest chores are done
Your duty and finest chores are done

The "River of Painted Rock".





I was Born and raised, on the Chattahoochee River,

that old moody and crazy, winding. joy deliverer.

From the time, I was below my momma's knee,

I saw that river there, as my way to be free.




Swimming and fishing all along its broad banks,

There's no way to express my joy and thanks,

All a part of my best growing up years, to be,

along with laughter and tears, it was part of me.




That river gets it start to run, the mirth, it brings,

from mountain streams, there, its birth, and might,

From northern Georgia's climes, where it springs,

in brooks and creeks, it dances, in colors bright.




It winds and turns through clean grassy meadows,

filled with beautiful flowers, in an array, their display,

As geese and ducks, settle upon welcoming banks,

to rest in the nights, while swimming there, each day.




Chattahoochee river's, so wide, and as it rolls on down,

to reach its end, in the gulf's tides and warming shores,

To blend and mix its fresh waters there, its fish abound,

having served us then, in its grand devotion, of chores.




Chattahoochee, you of a valiant spirit, within your soul,

You're a treasured source, and so beloved by us each.,

The waters of your river, are such a wonderful life giver,

For you're Georgia's marvel, and are its greatest peach.





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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Whonu, thanks for this poem about the Chattahoochee. I enjoyed it. I've lived near this beautiful river all my life, but have never yet gone canoeing on its waters. You've inspired me. I think that will be one of my New Year's resolutions!


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Molly, I grew up and around the river for most of my young life and it will always be a special memory for me.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

The Chattahoochee River means "River of painted rock" in the native Cherokee language. Its rocks and shoals are a delight to behold and great fishing spots.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

The Chattahoochee sounds beautiful. We have a like here called Okeechobee meaning "Big Water", it almost fits this poem's decription.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

I have fished here, as has my wife and her family. We have lived in Florida for several years and enjoyed our stay there. I must admit, I was spoiled when it came to the variety of beautiful places, rivers, lakes, that I was able to visit.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I don't know the Chattahoochee River, but I can understand your feelings about it and your experiences there as a child. I love the way you have woven it into such descriptive poetry and the images are evocative, too.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks BlossomSB, I was privileged to live near the river and it was an important part of all life there. The cotton mills used the river to transport their products up and down to ports and carrying on trades. It was a source of food and great catfish, a way to enjoy life in swimming and boating and getting out into the great outdoors. Thank you for stopping by and much obliged.


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Life Iz Beautiful 4 years ago from India

It is a beautiful and descriptive piece of work. Intriguingly portraying the bond you share with the Chattahoochee river.

voted beautiful.

Have a nice day.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you my friend, I believe that we all have a bond with a river of life some place, and is meaningful to us each in a unique way.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh my goodness whonu . . . whonu?

I grew up in Georgia too and played on the Chattahoochee River many times, as my mother would bring my three siblings and I there a lot during the hot summer months!!! You are right, its rocks and shoals are a delight to behold . . .

Now, I am wondering if I knew you or if we happened to be at the river at the same time, although I know that would be a great coincidence, as the river is so long. Plus you would have had to be very, very young when I was there. LOL

You have described the joys of that river and its beauty perfectly, and your art is exquisite. Thank you so much for bringing make so many lovely memories for me.

Voted way up and sharing everywhere.

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Glad you stopped by Faith Reaper. Yes the Chattahoochee was my favorite playground and an enjoyable part of every Summer. Thanks again for your nice comments. whonu

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