River Magic — A Poem

Editor’s Note: This is a Great Gauley Blog-Off contest submission by Darylanne Pearson. Darylanne wrote a poem called “River Magic.” Terms and rules are listed at the end of this post and your essay and poem submissions are being accepted through Sept. 7, 2010.

At what point do you realize

there is no going back?

The Helmet, the Paddle, perhaps that

last warning?

(Ride home in shame?)

If they’re giving you an out, maybe you really will die…

But on the water,

it all disappears …

There is nothing but the current, the raft,

the commands that you follow.

And then …

You are sitting at the top of a 13-foot drop,

waiting to fall into water …


The river takes you over the edge —

like a rollercoaster with no seatbelt!

And … you are addicted,

the River Magic holds your heart now —

see you next season!


Contest Prompts/Terms:


To enter the Contest, your computer must accept cookies, or any

successor or similar technology, so that ACE is able to track your

entries in the Contest.

You may submit your entry by providing your full name, email

address and essay text on the Contest Submission Form located on the

ACE website at http://www.aceraft.com/great-gauley-blog-off.html

You may submit an essay that discusses in 100-750 words any one (1) of the following:

A. Which famous person you would like to take rafting and why

B. Your favorite Gauley River rafting guide and why

C. A poem written by you about whitewater rafting in West Virginia

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