Some of us live right here,
creatures who cannot be on land alone,
and others of us find our way to
mercurial sheerness swallowing sky,
powers of light that gather and hold,
breath of river infusing our lungs.
I come to cleanse.
I come to loosen tightened bands of humanness.
To hear with hungry ears, see with fearless eyes.
My blood runs rich, cells plump with exuberance
while my soul flees struggle to find again
river strength born along bank to bank,
its beauty carried deep and far
as I follow its waters on lithe feet,
a confirmed devotee of God made visible