02 April 2017

Did I Dream the Grandmother?

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Water is Life, we always knew, but now
we learn while standing with the Grandmother
with the pitcher in her hand
on the dock at the river.

We wake to prayer at Standing Rock as if
we had always woken and thanked the Life
Water holds out to our hands
as if we hadn’t forsaken it.

And now—no matter where we are—our mouths
find the “thank you” as we swallow Water
because First People helped us see
our omission and the danger.

Where are they now, those who cared to teach us?
Did they come home with us who stayed a day?
Life is Water that they protect.
Where are we without this love?  



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© 2017 Susan L. Chast


20 comments:

Martin Kloess said...

This is a beautiful poem. Have the waters changed so much...

Mary said...

There is so much we can learn from the First People. Those Grandmothers were wise women, and they knew what was important. We have to relearn what we have forgotten as a people....water is more valuable than oil. And life and water go hand in hand.

indybev said...

So much to be learned from the First People. Beautiful words, Susan.

april-pad-challenge-day-2 said...

So glad to read this Susan. I was not physically capable of going to Standing Rock, though my spirit was most willing. Yes, water is a universal symbol of life, and the continued reckless pollution of it, is a frightening example of hubris and a clear sign that we, as a country, no longer hold a true sense of our responsibility toward all humanity. That simple gratitude for a clear glass of water speaks volumes. Thank you,

Elizabeth

Therisa's World said...

Sadly, our greed has pushed them, to the margins of society, as we have destroyed their culture, with our ignorance. As they have sought refuge, in alcohol and drugs, to dull the pain, in their souls. Maybe, one day, we'll be worthy of the gift, they have selflessly given us.

Sherry Marr said...

This is so beautiful - and the film is one I must find and watch. Standing Rock has moved me so greatly. As has your poem, with your prayer and thank you to the water that is life to us.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Beats me how the rich and powerful can be so short -sighted! I continue to bless and thank water, and to pray about the Standing Rock situation.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Standing Rock has certainty put a lot of things into perspective, for most people with a brain, with decency and with a heart at least. The other day, I watched an interview in which a man said that he would prefer it if the government use the budget to secure our borders, instead of using the money to grant more people access to safe water. I was stunned. Still am, to be honest. Someone needs to send him this poem, with a huge banner stating that "Water is Life".

Truedessa said...

Yes, we need precious water to survive. Standing Rock, was an awakening for many. Beautifully penned.

Old Egg said...

Profit for a few means poverty for many. There is no thought for the population or the environment and sadly it is happening all over the world including Australia. Sadly the bully boys are running rampant and governments don't care a fig. All we can do is keep shouting from the hilltop...and writing poetry of course.

Thotpurge said...

Did they come home with us who stayed a day?
That's beautiful..to be able to take learnings from those who commune with nature and then make our own lives meaningful.

Sumana Roy said...

all that matters is the awakening moment but unfortunately few, very few are waking up to the cause...i specially like that 'Water is Life' in the beginning that changes to 'Life is Water' towards the end...

Wendy Bourke said...

We failed to heed much of the wisdom that First Nations people wanted to share - indeed, they believed it was a sacred duty to share their respect and reverence for this planet. But we did not accept this gift - and now, going forward - there is a price, that we will all have to pay.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I wonder if those who cared to teach us long ago are now somehow in the water...

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Such a wonderfully deep and contemplative write, Susan. Especially love; "
Where are they now, those who cared to teach us? Did they come home with us who stayed a day? Life is Water that they protect. Where are we without this love?"

brudberg said...

I think most people do understand what's at stake.. but they think it will affect their lifestyle... it's so easy to cut down on your needs, and you feel better... I think that most know what is right, but they don't give a damn...

Myrna R. said...

Yes water is life and we must be grateful. Lovely thoughts expressed here Susan.

(To answer your question on my blog: No this is not a state park where I went to soak in mineral waters. It is in TorC, NM. It's only about an hour from where I live. Don't know why I don't go more often,)

ayala said...

Much wisdom here...life and water a necessity-companions and love sustains us through it all.

kaykuala said...

Three-fourth of Earth's surface is water so also three-fourth of the human body structure so we've been told. It has to be an important element definitely!

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Hank

C.C. said...

In some traditions, the water element has correlations with courage and wisdom.