Considering Water: I settled deep into my body feeling my way into prayer for the waters of Japan. And the waters there, so injured by the radiation they have absorbed while helping humans harness atomic energy to power all manner of uses, both good and of dubious value, echoed my prayer for their healing back to me, still in prayer, in my body. The echoes touched the waters of my body, and spoke what my body already knew about the waters of Japan: all the waters of earth are part of each other in cycles and patterns of time I can barely understand with my mind. The waters know beyond our knowings. The waters of Japan and the waters of my body know themselves as all one Belonging. When one is injured or damaged, all of them are together in carrying it, sharing it, serving as lifeblood in us as in the entire body of Gaia, our home planet. I prayed my feeble apology for what we do to injure water, which is us and on which our lives depend. The waters absorbed my apology as they have absorbed all the poisons, and a knowing filled up in me as if I were a cup for water, and this knowing became very loud, and shrill as an evacuation siren, a dire sound, urgent, warning me, and the finger of it pointed to HANFORD. Years’ long awareness of its time-bomb dangers have not changed our knowing into action to care for its spreading poisons, actions which could save our lives, or which could have, if taken in time, if we had not relied on empty promises of our immobilized governments if all of us had joined together in unity as the waters are, if we had learned to act together, to work out healing of the earth in time. The waters of Japan, in my body, ask urgently, Will you act in time?!!!
Carol Bosworth is frequently surprised by important messages in poetry, her own or others. She lives as a semi-hermit, lodged within a retirement community and also in the active community of West Hills Friends Church, Portland, OR.
This poem was first published in Chapter 8 of Minding the Light (mindingthelight.org), a project of West Hill Friends Church.