Voices on the Wind
Gods of the River
by Lars Samson
Before it was a saint, the San Pedro River
was divine in its bounty. Before it
had a name, it was blessed
by every bird and beast
for hundreds of miles.
Humans came under its care and worshipped
its generosity. Feared its wrath. Immersed
themselves in it and gave thanks. River accepted
all who came ó even those
bringing other gods.
Old-World man arrived and christened River
for a god he brought. He came to maintain it
and that river still runs free. Ignoring when
it dwindles below ground. River now
product ó piped to strangers who donít know
its sacred centuries.
Since man is god of the river.