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REFLECTIONS FROM LAKE DUWAMISH

what glacier carved,
painstakingly,
this ribbon lake,
before settlers crossed the frontier?

see her rocky imprint,
forget her ancestral name,

wash the blood out, but
where does the water drain?

listen closely, and you’ll hear:
cry me a river
cry me the salish sea
cry me the entire pacific ocean

REFLECTIONS FROM LAKE DUWAMISH

what glacier carved,
painstakingly,
this ribbon lake,
before settlers crossed the frontier?

see her rocky imprint,
forget her ancestral name,

wash the blood out, but
where does the water drain?

listen closely, and you’ll hear:
cry me a river
cry me the salish sea
cry me the entire pacific ocean

Jessica Jiang  18, Bellevue

 
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