Bywater Stroll

    Andy young
    30 Jan 2016
    Clock 60min      Length2mi
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    Poem: BYWATER

    Pay wave

    Now turn right on N Peters Street. Since we will be strolling into the Bywater, I'll share a poem here centered on our neighborhood.

    We live in the Bywater,
    slow river turning,
    deep lowing of barge and tug.
    By water the train howls down
    and around, hitching
    then unhitching cars.
    My son was born by water:
    I watched the small hairs
    of his crowning head lift and float.
    My aunt, my cousin were poisoned
    by groundwater: Tug River,
    New River, Muddlety Creek.
    The Gulf thickens with oil
    by water, consuming wetlands,
    slickening gills. By water
    Olokun shakes his chains
    on the sea floor. Skulls
    and treasures float up
    from shipwreck by water we
    live under fire next time scrawled
    on the walls of my friend’s house
    where by water the first floor
    buckled by water no quench
    the sea burns already by
    water by God is it
    a literal darkness
    we’ll drown in?

    [pause in audio]

    Continue walking straight, with the wall on your left. I'll be back in a few minutes.

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