Cry 'River'!

O River Mother, May it Be.
May it Be, Star Father.
May it Be for Water and Wind.
May it Be for Sunlight and Moonlight.
For the Earth, the Winged and Creeping Ones,
The Four Leggeds and Two Leggeds,
Those with Words and those with Songs,
For the river and its children, May it Be.
May it be on Earth as in Heaven.
May it be as it was in the Beginning
When the Spirit said, 'Flow!'
And pure Waters moved through holiness
Up from empty darkness into light.
May it be as the Beginning
When the Spirit said, 'Breathe!'
And a mighty wind blew seeds from East to West,
Many-colored wings beating in green shadows
And flashing in sunbeams,
Gold Purple Wings of Quetzalcoatl, Blue Seraphic wings,
Christ's diamond wing over the jade forest.
May it be as the Beginning
When the Spirit cried 'Sun!' and it was warm,
The Spirit whispered 'Moon' and it was cool,
Two lights opened their eyes, nurturing blossoms
Bearing the Brazil-nut, Acai and Guarana,
Sweetening lips, strengthening bones.
May it Be as the morning when the Spirit cried 'Earth,'
Her green body stirred, brown hills awoke,
Rolled over, making valleys;
Her lips parted, the forest sighed, the rain laughed,
The river was a river singing
A song the forest people never forgot,
A song of Mother Amasonna, Destroyer of Boats,
Shelterer of Tribes, Mistress of Sacred Medicine,
Giver of Visions, Lung of the Planet,
Breath of the World: May it Be
For the trees and voiceless creatures,
For her deep black veins that must never be pierced again,
May it Be for the healing of her waters,
May it Be for her supple arms of sunlight and wind,
May it Be for those who dwell in huts upon her banks
And for those so far away they cannot smell
Her flower-scented rain: May it Be
As the first day of a New Creation,
Birthing the River again and the River's children.
May we all say, 'Flow!' FLOW!
May we all say, 'Breathe!' BREATHE!
May we all say, 'Shine!' 'SHINE!'
May we all cry, 'River!' 'RIVER!'
In the name of the Father, and of the River,
and of all her Holy Children, may we all say,
'We!' 'WE!'


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