Water that

 

Desmond A. Miller

May 2020

 

A reflection

on the qualities of water

during the COVID-19 pandemic

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water

 

water that bathes

the hands I am told

to wash

and, I wash

frequently

water

water that needs

boiling

in First Nations communities

here, in Canada

before

it can be used

water

water that holds

all my losses and sorrows

contained in envelopes of pain

carving riverbeds down the sides of my face

paving the way to welcome

joy

water

water that courses

through my body

when I'm feeling

myself

dancing, decluttering, conceiving

a different world outside of these walls

that starts with

feeling the world inside my heart

 

Ọṣun, Aphrodite, Erotic

and many other names

 

water

 

water

water my ancestors

drank and

tended and

sang to and

travelled over and

gifted to me

to borrow from my

descendants

water

water that houses

in tiny droplets

aerosol spray

this tiny virus

whose arrival turned

human world upside

down

water

water holds it all

even while being held by this Earth

I want to be held, too

can't remember the last hug that

I felt

and yet I am held

by water

© 2020 Desmond A. Miller