BIG RIVER, By Arthur Smoky Jones
(Sawom Majdy) Buckeye Man
Big River, Big River, where do you come from and where do you go?
You give life to the people and all our bothers, the animals.
You bring Mahi, the Big One, and all his cousins.
You take the thirst from me and bathe me in your coolness.
You bring me the music of your womb and the water bug who dances for you.
You share your gift with all who come.
You know no boundaries for your course is set and no barrier is too big for you.
Your are as gentle as the deer and as ferocious as the grizzly.
My world is very small compared to yours.
So I ask, “Big River, where do you come from and where do you go?”
A person who prepares himself for Life and Death is a person who has lived.