POETRY | NATURE | CONSERVATION

Justice Is Water Over The Falls

Washington’s state waterfall, Palouse Falls

Christyl Rivers, Phd.
Fourth Wave
Published in
2 min readJun 12, 2024

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Washington’s state waterfall, Palouse Falls, inspires many dreams, among them is the reassuring hope that persistence can alter the hardest landscape. It is the result of time, energy, elements, and insistence.

An astonishing landscape — we went to the Falls
Full of wonder, birds, raging beauty that enthralls.

I got to thinking, the other day. How all Earth’s sons and daughters
add to a trillion movements; we’re all dribbling drops of waters

That is, the children of the Earth, be they: you, or trees,
We cut the rock that is our path, we surf the Earth and breeze

Sometimes, I hear: “Justice is done. We’re all equal now.
The jagged, harsh landscape is butter. Retire your sacred cow.”

But, cattle are still fenced in. Milk and honey are yet stolen,
And the rugged rocks yet remain, the river rises, swollen

Palouse Falls is a miracle, but no less than all existence
Those rigid dams of ice-age floods, burst only with insistence

We, the children, the water, the sky, we must persist, and daily,
Carve on, carve on, carve on, carve on — to etch the living valley

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Christyl Rivers, Phd.
Fourth Wave

Ecopsychologist, Writer, Farmer, Defender of reality, and Cat Castle Custodian.