River Woman

In dry times, the river can be crossed on foot.

However, when the rain comes

her mouth is opened and

the river woman emerges to devour anyone trying to cross.


Despite the warnings,

every rainy season

someone is swallowed

by the roaring and raging river.


You know the bed of the river when it is dry.

the location of every stone and sand hill.

You were raised here,

washed clothes here, baptized here,

this is where you and the animals drink.


But, despite the warnings

the near death experiences,

you attempt to cross in the summer floods

only this time you become a part of the tale.


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