Mar 22, 2019

UN WORLD WATER DAY 3/22



















Memories of Water Underlined
 By Elena Arosemena 



Grandma Chichi’s swimming pool in Arraijan 


The slurp, slurp, slurp of Morgan drinking water at midnight 2 months before her passing


Drinking salty waves on the bow of Helen Lang’s boat on the way to Taboga Island 


Barrels, buckets, tins, pails, wash basins, the platoon of vessels on Kissemah patios
in Ghana, all at attention at every rain 


The melt of delicate ice cubes, drops behaving like floods on her parched lips, the formality of satiation grand and in slow motion 


The cool grey protected waters of my childhood at Fort Amador in the Canal Zone 


The perfect temperature of all water after a long walk, run or bike ride 


The gates of heaven at Iguazu Falls, silver birds dotting the landscape awash in walls of mist 


Constant hot, very hot water, melting tears in a multitude of showers imagining You 


The Chagres River like no other: feeding, fueling, fostering the transit of the Panama Canal 


The endless streams at Estes Park in Colorado, everywhere you go, there too is water  


The nail polish blue, the perfect celeste shimmer, the waters of Key West 


Every wave that breaks and spills and sings, every wave I’ve welcomed in my heart


The perfect audio of water rushing below all the balconies at the Zoder’s Inn in Gatlinburg 


The perfect ocean that bathes every island in the San Blas Archipelago 


The grace of the St. John River at dusk on still days in Jacksonville 


The dark endless wake behind the Staten Island Ferry on the way back to Manhattan 
on my 60thBirthday


The songs, all the songs ever sang by the water’s edge: oceans, bays, rivers, streams, 
waterfalls, storms and spring showers 


Water your constant song is glory,  your constant flow is grace