& When you think of who you are,
The deep waters rising about you, within you,
& Within you, who you are, symbols embedded within & upon a book of code,
Like a stamp or seal upon a document, & you swim through the hollow and the false,
Bearing metaphorical code,
& When you think of who you are and what you have delivered, you realize
The brave are still within us,
& Your metaphor is reality, holding fast to your sense of balance, carrying out your mission,
& You never venture from your footing upon this precipice,
& your children walk upon dry land.
U.S. Naval Archives Photo # 80-G-238786: USS San Jacinto steaming with USS Lexington in the Mariana (Islands) area, 13 June 1944.
My father was on active duty aboard the San Jacinto (foreground aircraft carrier) when this photo was taken. I remember him as a young man, remembering also transferred memories… physical and emotional, memories flowing like water. I was thinking about DNA as well as the memory within, and of, water. In the back of my mind I was thinking about Berta Cáceres. The work she did with water. Her radiant identification with Mother Earth, the Mothership, and the water running through Her veins.