Why, look out for the little brook in March,/ When the rivers overflow, / And the snows come hurrying from the fills,/ And the bridges often go-. ..And later, in August it may be-/ When the meadows parching lie,/ Beware, lest this little brook of life,/ Some burning noon go dry!...Emily Dickinson
When Rose of Sharon has her stillborn baby, it is sent down the flooded river. The baby is suppose to show that people are starving and dying. Even though her baby never lived, by sending it down the river, it can send a very important message to people and hopefully save someone's life.