beaded trout

Reflections on Water

Sitting by water I look,

      And see it move without effort,

           Around, over, under, through,

                The bones of the earth.

Clear and pure it flows like the people's spirit,

      Like our stories told,

           By the old people,

                Without seeming effort.

The stones resist patiently, sometimes angrily,

      Like other peoples who deal with us,

           Many colored and shaped and hardened,

                Smooth, rough, round, angular, all kinds.

The water covers them all,

      It covers and moves the stones,

           Without effort or judgment,

                Enduring it moves mountains.

Finally, the water will win,

      Cleansing and purifying,

           Its victory is final,

                The stones disappear.

Moving without effort,

      Our spirit and stories will endure,

           Our victory in time, will be,

                Like water.

John D. Berry


contents of issue 5

Considering Oceans
Linda Rodriguez

Source
Howard Miller

Clear Lake
Martha Cinader Mims

Reflections on Water
John D. Berry

Storyteller
Jeanette Calhoun Mish

Thirst
Kim McMillon

Ocean
Mary Jean Robertson

Water, Light, Sails Up! Reckless
Brianna Lee Pruett

Red River Moan
Rain C. Gomez


John D. Berry Biography

John D. Berry Cherokee/Choctaw/Scot-Irish Heritage Son, Husband, Father, Uncle, Human Being, Librarian, Wordsmith, Martial Artist and bunch of other things...


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