|The Fairmount Water Works on the Schuylkill River.|
Every river speaks of lost nations—
their dinner menus, dwellings and crossings.
Here on the Schuylkill, it’s the Lenape
forgotten, and on the Hudson River,
it’s Mahican. Their descendants live far
away in Wisconsin and Canada.
I hale from Eurasian rivers—the Rhine,
Mosel and Volga—and know nothing of
them. Maybe males led Caucasian lines while
females guided American Natives.
Add people of the Euphrates, Congo
and Nile. Add color from every river.
Let People of Every River bring pot-
luck to our tables and add their purest
river water to our common drinking
fountain. Let the celebration commence:
We are free of pollution and full of
respect; We are eager to listen to
each other’s stories and enrich our own;We dedicate ourselves to rivers’ flow.
Posted for my own prompt at
"The People of the Continually Flowing Waters" seems to be a collective name for the Mahican and other Algonquin-speaking peoples along the Hudson River in New York State down along the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers in Pennsylvania and as far east as Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I do not mean to co-opt or injure anyone by using the words. Please let me know if I do.
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