beaded trout

At Water Village

--for the Atakapa people of Grand Bayou living with the BP Oil Spill

When I am old,
I want to stand there,
ancient, bold, and formidable,
ropes of layered seashells
streaming
down
my
neck,
my face tattooed,
my hair silver and flowing,
prayers rising from my hands
for
our
grandchildren.

Water Village,
Ishak,
you Sunrise People,
I want to feast
with you
on crawfish,
suck down shucked oysters,
savor shrimp gumbo,
fill my belly on bounty
among heaping middens.

My fingers trace
undulating pattern,
shell-gorget map,
primeval gift,
seeking the curve
that will circle us back around
to our origin.

Kimberly Weiser


contents of issue 9

Silver Shower of Stars
Stephanie JT Russell

At the Edge of Drowning
ERika T. Wurth

Swirls
Pennie Opal Plant

Ofi' Tohbi'
Jenny L. Davis

I GIVE YOU THE RIVER
Linda Rodriguez

The Shell Seekers
Susan Deer Cloud

At Water Village
Kimberly Weiser

The ridiculous optimious of the Daffodil
Zigi Lowenberg

Driftlights
Howard Miller

Land of Water
Suha Hassan

Redding Road
Jabez Churchill


Kimberly Weiser Biography

Kimberly Weiser a faculty member with Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Weiser is a tireless advocate for Native writing and has been associated in various capacities with Woodcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for a number of years. Kimberly’s own writing, both academic and creative, is deeply respected.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.