Monday, May 22, 2023

The return of Dick Monroe: The River Calling

Editor’s note: We are so pleased to be able to feature Dick Monroe’s writing on the Adirondack Almanack. He previously shared some of his wonderful, insightful essays, poems and stories of his “Adirondack Outlaw” adventures coming of age in Saranac Lake, as well as his outdoor adventures and personal experiences. Read his previous Almanack submissions here and welcome back, Dick! We look forward to you sharing excerpts and snippets of your work with us.

saranac river with bridge

“The River Calling”

My ode to the Saranac River. My lifelong comfort, companion & friend. Its waters flow through my veins. Whether I’m hunting, fishing, exploring, swimming, canoeing or camping, wherever life’s next Adirondack Outlaw adventure takes me, I can hear it calling. Click here below to read the full poem.


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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @

11 Responses

  1. Bob Meyer says:

    I’m delighted that Dick Monroe’s writing is once again
    part of the Adirondack Almanack!

  2. louis curth says:

    The return of Dick Monroe is such good news for all of us who turn to this venue as a local alternative to the mostly dismal social media fare offered elsewhere.

    I am certain that whatever subject matter you choose to share with us will enrich the value of this site for all of us through your insights, experiences and good story telling ability.

    Welcome back.

  3. Gary N. Lee says:

    Very nice river poem, thanks for sharing.

  4. MY sincerest Thank You to Melissa, Mr. Meyer, Mr. Curth, and to everyone here at the Almanack for welcoming me back & for reading & sharing my poem.

  5. ADKresident says:

    Welcome back~ Enjoyed your poem, too!

  6. Rich Cabelo says:

    Richard’s writings have always touched my soul on some level. Glad he’s back in the Almanac.

  7. David Gibson says:

    Dick, many thanks for your heartfelt ode to the Saranac. Simply beautiful, and expressing what so many of your readers, or songwriters in love with a river might try to express, but not nearly as well as you.

  8. 173rd Airborne Brigade says:


    Glad to see that you’re back writing. Was worried about you brother!

    Missed your words.

  9. David pepe says:

    Been missing this guy

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