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First Waters

When Northwest
Indigenous Peoples
travel the waters

they ask permission
to come ashore
onto someone
else’s territory

He had been ready
since eternity
Dancing in the darkness
within,

Like an otter flies in
his home environment
he kicked his way to
freedom

The first waters we’ve ever known.

First Waters

When Northwest
Indigenous Peoples
travel the waters

they ask permission
to come ashore
onto someone
else’s territory

He had been ready
since eternity
Dancing in the darkness
within,

Like an otter flies in
his home environment
he kicked his way to
freedom

The first waters we’ve ever known.

Maiah Merino  48, Native Chicana (Yaqui/Opata/Maya)

 
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