I’ve Seen Rivers



I’ve seen rivers, and heard the rushing sound of water sweep past me on the journey to the ocean.    Rivers are the bloodstreams of our world for they give us the gift of fresh water, food, energy, transportation.   When calm, they symbolize peace and serenity; when enraged, their destructive power cannot be withstood.  And yet, with climate change, pollution and over extraction, our rivers are in danger of dying.

This week, I want to explore our rivers from the very beginning.  Langston Hughes once said, “I’ve known rivers. ” Perhaps we have all known rivers, but it would be a good idea to see them one more time.


The Negro Speaks of Rivers

By Langston Hughes


I’ve known rivers:
 known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. 

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.


I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.

I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.

I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.

I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.


I’ve known rivers:Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.



Canada Celebrates



February is a time when Canadians celebrate the stories, experiences and accomplishments of Canada’s black community. The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, stated, “As Canadians, it’s important to remember those who came before us, and the sacrifices they made to help build the country we have today. Central to our history and how we built our great democracy is the important contributions of Canadians of African and Caribbean descent.”

The struggle for equality will always be with us as we move forward.  Yet, there are milestones that have been gained over the years because courageous and determined individuals would not tolerate discrimination.   May we continue boldly in their footsteps…

I, too, sing America.
― Langston Hughes

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–

I, too, am America.”

Summer Rain…


This morning, the newspaper said that summer was coming to Vancouver next week.  The gloominess would be dispelled – at last!  I’ve never thought that rain was a harbinger of gloom.  I rather like the rain and so do flowers…

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“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”

Langston Hughes