From the recording The Memory of Water
"The Memory of Water" written by Camelia Jade. Performed by Strong Sun Moon. Copyright © 2018, Camelia Jade, All Rights Reserved.
The Memory of Water
by Camelia Jade
deep within a memory
water drew the names
knowing not, North or South
reading the touch of canyon walls
speaking from the river’s mouth
the world turns its face
as we overturn the earth
another place collapses beneath our weight
there’s money to be made
from the heart of someone else’s land
most would never leave their homes
if they could just push back our heavy hands
the price of our dreams
topped with barbed wire
I sing to the names (lost)
in the sand …
I carry you across
I carry you with me
Oh how they fear the ones who are truly free
rising like water over snakes and spines
over the open sky
the place that you were born,
do you still speak the names?
Cohonino, Tarahumara ...
would you hold your tongue
beneath a thunder cloud
for all of the lines that we carefully paint
to be washed away?