River Dropt (“dro”) : Timeless tales

Silver screen of images
timeless tales he tells
lazily he wanders
through field and forest vale.

Capturing in his vision
castles, farms and mills
wheat and hemp fields, orchards
flat boats heavy burdened.

Children swimming
women washing
fishermen fishing.

Silver screen of images
timeless tales he tells
lazily he wanders
through field and forest vale.

A little geography.

The river Dropt springs in Capdrot, Perigord, and slowly flows through Guyenne, and L’ Entre Deux Mers. It drifts past unchanged landscapes, medieval towns, and farms. Many watermills along its path have utilised its  force to mill grain to flour. It regularly breaks its banks, and floods across the plains of the Dropt valley. This curse is also its blessing, as the tides of modernity, and construction are held back. No roads run alongside. Bastide (walled, fortified) towns overlook, and bridge its waters. It was once used to transport goods to the port at Caudrot near La Reole, which were then loaded onto larger boats travelling down the Garonne to Bordeaux. When river transport was replaced by road, the Dropt became a forgotten river, save for the fishermen and locals delighting.

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