iii Song of the Dam / Intuitive Hydrologists
water is a shapeshifter that can brim ooze weep percolate through stone that drips trickles evaporates into invisible air hard to catch impossible to corral yet this is our vocation – to keep a fluid steadiness in the lush & green-shoot places – & water is all our husbandry: how to dam & brace how to shore it up with sticks & stones & mud whatever we can find old fenceposts, bricks we cross-weave daub & fix impound the water do not let it run IF IT RUNS DROP EVERYTHING REPAIR THE DAM these are our reservoirs & hoards the water gardens of our lives our sustenance & refuge the way we survive & everywhere it spills the green-world thrives.
iv Beavers on the River Otter
Watch as they re-meander the straitened river rewet the meadow till it is part mire a mosaic of pond and bog and cropped beaver-lawn; river keepers thinning the wood letting the light back in.
v Song of the Riparian Zone
Come iris, come moor grass, come sphagnum and sedge, come water mint growing round the beaver-lawn’s edge; come aspen, come willow, come guelder, come hazel, come hawker, come mayfly, come blue demoiselle; come otter, come bubble-mouse, water vole and shrew, come pearl-bordered fritillary and silver studded blue; come yellow hammer, warbler, come dipper and teal, come stone loach, come stickleback, lamprey and eel, come spangled reed beetle supping air through a straw for the river keeper is returned once more.
Always may there be a stand of balsam set back from the river, and a mama beaver emerged from her nest into early dusk, grooming her punky, wicked fur, steeping her tail in the water & eating, the noise of her chomping like kissing; & always her kits will be slipping under the fringe of the willow to reach her, and almost with a sigh, almost with a shrug she’ll turn and waddle up the bank dock a branch and trawl it back to where they bicker & play & feed in their recess of water & reed; & the bliss of their dwelling will rest on the evening, it is here.
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