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from H i G H   W A T E R M A R K   S A L O [O] N  volume 1 number 2

Moving Waters Swell in Our Time


the moving waters swell in our time 

are pregnant

& grow   rise   bubble

bleed   through   earth

sweep away

mix with stone

& dirt & broken limbs

the moving waters swell in our time

combine clay with water

to make an alchemical

bath   of   dark   cool

smooth   slippery   mud

the moving waters swell in our time

cleansing   transforming

taking   back   dark

shore   line

 

 

Druis Ann Iya Oshun Koya Beasley is an poet, artist/educator, musician, and storyteller, who has lived and worked in the Capital District for over twenty-five years.   She is a founding member of the Sisters of Color Writing Collective, and the New African Music Collective.   As an initiate in a number of African mystery systems, Druis uses mythology and praise poetry as a working metaphor for today's world.   Her relationship with nature informs her ceremonial, performance and literary work, as well as her spiritual counseling.   Druis works with the City School District of Albany, and is a Woodhull Fellow with the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. Her publications include: "there are womyn who lost their manes" and "The Same Way" in   SEEDS, SOC Literary Journal , Vol. 6, 2000; "Mud Womyn," "The Main," "Put Your Hands In It" and "Pure Joy" in   SEEDS, SOC   Literary Journal , Vol. 2, 1992; "Uncovry," "Emily & Me," The Little Magazine.   Vol. 18, 1992; "i clen/d dust," SEEDS, SOC Literary Journal , Vol. 1, 1991.