• Ranjit Kaur

    Punjabi Community Liaison

  • Jourdan keith

    Poet planner

  • JACQUE LARRAINZAR

    Spanish speaking Community
    Liaison

  • Yuping Kuang

    Chinese Community Liaison

  • Monique Franklin

    African American Community
    Liaison

  • Tracy Rector

    Urban Native Community Liaison

  • Nigist Selfu

    Ethiopian Community Liaison

WELCOME

Your Body of Water is a poetic exploration of our connections to water and how it is protected and cared for by Seattle Public Utilities and King County.

We are all bodies of water, connected to one another through the water web. Your body of water is connected to streams, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and tides, to toilets and faucets…to present homes, childhood homes and ancestral ones by memory, by the water cycle, by stories…

UP NEXT

With the completion of our 2016 Community Poetry Workshops (thanks to all who participated!) and the close of our open call for poems (thanks to the nearly 1,600 King County residents who shared a poem for consideration!), we are now working to mobilize the next big phase of Poetry on Buses—new poems on transit in April 2017.

Stay tuned for details, as well as news about the April community launch celebration!


my waters remember her

left then right then left, a tiny vascular door, rotating at the wrist
opening and closing, green applause in the breeze
the sound of shimmering water clapping in the trees
even far from the riparian zone

even in death her Cottonwood soul still waves,
boisterous quiet wind rustling laughter from leaves
still stubborn, though her body is no more
than wind, air, and memory

When there were three of us, three friends,
we gathered our waters. Three Forks at the continental divide—
our blood running the way of rivers
along the banks we named our limbs, Baobab, Cottonwood
    and Willow

even far from the riparian zone
black water trickles in my veins, heads to the Gulf of Mexico

 

BY JOURDAN KEITH


 
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