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When the water comes, it brings the mountain
and sings the story of the shifting ridge,
summons green to bloom along its edge.
Shapes the hills with patient excavation.
Water comes and carries what we were:
wind-torn leaves, the old path washed away,
the swallowed reflections of hunter and prey.
Brings ash and remains of the bear flag bear.
When water comes, thirst rises for reunion with the river.
All are sullied by the journey.
What blessing to reclaim our purity,
leave the salty stories for the ocean.
We are renewed, to wonder which came first:
that flow of water or this endless thirst.