Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

The Moldau in a Utah Living Room

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

The Moldau in a Utah Living Room

Article excerpt

I most recall the river music. Smetana's Moldau

meandered often into the air at our house,

European classical sounding in the high Utah parroquia.

On hearing,

I still see glacial snow dissolve to droplets and fall, one at a time, as happens high on Timpanogos, near Emerald Lake.

I still see rivulets trickle over limestone, weep down the face, as happens in the bouldered terrain above Stewart's Falls.

I still see a mountain stream's rambunctious bounce,

scattering water gems in the canyon air,

as happens on the North Fork, as the stream bends, eats the road above Wildwood.

I feel the splash as water trips over itself, bumbling into the Provo River, swift enough to let us tube, rough enough to scare us, as happened among us on the living room floor, hands to feet, rolling and laughing, no fear of falling from our father's grasp.

I see the cascading water mass, giving weigh to gravity, irreverently slide its way down steep, limed canyon sides at Upper Falls, and again near Bridal Veil, adding mass to the stream. …

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