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October 10, 2014

At the end of September, I was pleased to participate in “Water (W)rites,” our hometown response to “100 Thousand Poets for Change.” The theme of water and protection of water was a brilliant choice, as we are not only surrounded by water in our community, but confronting the ‘Energy East” pipeline project, which would use existing natural gas pipelines to transport dangerous substances across and, perhaps, into our drinking water source, Trout Lake. Standing on a downtown corner,I read my poems, “The River Wife” and “The Temagami Speaks: June.” Afterwards, I went for a late-season dip in Trout Lake with friends Karin and Tim Robertson. Picture attached.

I was moved by Tim’s “Prayers of the People”, recited on this day:

Great Spirit, Creator God, Ultimate Reality

God who we know through stories/God who we know through dreams/God who we know through reflection

You poke through the boundaries of our understanding/like spokes cascading through the clouds over Lake Nipissing/

You whirl us up out of the ordinary/like a water spout touching the water on the southern shore/ 

You crash over our bedrock habit consciousness/like metres-high waves pounding and smoothing the granite short line”….

Like water, poetry is a natural, precious resource, needed for life in its completness.

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