Poem: Women, Water, Spirit

Anishinaabekwe was born into the water,
Swimming,
Listening,
Tending to,
Healing,
Home,

Women,
Water,
Spirit,

Around Gitchee Gumee,
Holding hands,
Around Michigami,
Holding hands,
Around Odawa Gaming,
Holding hands,
Around Chi Nibiish Zaa'igan,
Holding hands,
Around Wahbeshkego Kecegame,
Holding hands,

She carries the water in a copper bucket,
For her people,
Grandmothers,
Speaking,
Journey,
Healing,

She touches the water,
For her people,
Mothers,
Listening,
Walking,
Communicating,

She sees the water,
For her children,
Aunties,
Guiding,
Directing,
Facilitating growth,
Change,
Bounty,

She listens to the water,
For her community,
What does the water say?
How does the water feel?
If it is hurt?

She feels her heart,
It is connected to the water,
To her home,

Women,
Water,
Spirit,

We hold hands around these waters,
We hold hands in unity,
We hold hands for healing.
We hold hands for justice,
We hold hands as keepers of the water.