Declaration of Intent

DSC00576An excerpt from the 2015 poem by Rita Wong entitled “Declaration of Intent,”featured in the upcoming Watershed Discipleship anthology published by Wipf & Stock, edited by Ched Myers and Elaine Enns of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries:

Let the colonial borders be seen for the pretensions they are
i hereby honour what the flow of water teaches us
the beauty of enough, the path of peace to be savoured
before the extremes of drought and flood overwhelm the careless… I hereby invoke fluid wisdom to guide us through the muck
I will apprentice myself to creeks and tributaries, groundwater and glaciers Listen for the salty pulse within, the blood that recognizes marine ancestry In its chemical composition and intuitive pull
I will learn through immersion, flotation and transformation
As water expands and contracts, I will fit myself into its ever changing dimensions Molecular and spectacular water will return what we give it, be that
Arrogance and poison, reverence and light, ambivalence and respect
Let our societies be revived as watersheds.

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