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photo of Lake Michigan in early August ©Mohan Namboodiri, 2019

Wade in the water children,

While you still can see clearly

After the rains

Flood and swell and surge

Cup the soft ripples and flex

Against the tide


Ancient fathers invented gods

With powers to move tides—

Amemasu, Atlaua, Ezili, Poseidon

And Hapi, the keeper of the Nile floods,

Was he cousin to Enki of the Tigris and Euphrates?

Summon them all now


From Holy water, groundwater, waterfalls,

Spouts from the deep,

Seas, rivers, lakes, oceans

Embrace the cyclones,

Dive deeply, dig in, rise up!

Sweep away trash leftover from our pasts


Wade in the water children,

While you still can

After the rains

Wash us clean,

Start a new wave,

Cross the river to promised lands


©Carla Williams-Namboodiri, 2019

Carla Williams-Namboodiri (ISI2010) works for Oakland schools as a humanities educator. She has produced a novel, South Side Blues, a work of historical fiction set in her hometown Chicago.