by Allen Ginsberg
"The American River"
The end of the section II is a long extended metaphor about a river that sucks up all the worthwhile things in the world. Traditionally, rivers symbolize the passage of time.
- Lines 90-93: These lines offer an extended metaphor likening "Visions," "dreams," "epiphanies," "new loves," and other intense actions and experiences to the wreckage swept away in the flood of water in a river. They fall over a waterfall and get stranded on "the rocks of Time."