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.