I’m honored to have written this poem with Anthony Gorman. Please check out his blog @ Hands in the Garden. This poem invokes a lot of feelings about the MMIW for me. As an indigenous woman, I am all too familiar with the pains of these families. My family’s story had a reuniting ending, which sadly, can’t be said for all families of the missing.
Anthony is a fantastically talented poet, & a wonderful ally to indigenous people. He raises awareness about many topics & issues that affect indigenous & aboriginal lives, & I am honored to call him a friend.
Also, please feel free to check out the Gordon Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, for information and donation.
all the waters.
some rivers have been made
graves for young girls
over borders, still uniting
out of order, under sun
with a life-giving flow.
stirring beneath tight surface
mother’s stretching arteries,
womb hangs stripped from
clear & cared for,
no hope, i-out store
oily with greed.
ripening poison seed
some rivers are baptismal, filled by regrets and tears,
most givers take abysmal, freeing debts with spite and fear
clearing spears, replenishing lands,
with silver grains of healing sand
washing stains from so many hands
as earth diver first planned
© Jennifer Patino and Anthony Gorman (2018)