Ojibwa Poem: Nibi (Water)

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Anishinaabekwe, the Daughters, 
You are the keepers of the water.

I am Nibi… water.. the sacred source,
the blood of Aki, Mother Earth,
the force filling dry seeds to great bursting.

I am the wombs cradle.
I purify. 

Nibi, the lifegiver, forever the Circle’s charge
I have coursed through our Mother’s veins.

Now hear my sorrow and my pain 
in the river’s rush, the rain.

I am your grandchildren’s drink.
Listen, Daughters, always.

You are the keepers of the water.
Hear my cry, for the springs flow darkly now
through the heart of Aki.

Source: Ojibwe Oral Tradition