World Water Day: Remember the álamo!
March 22, 2012 § 3 Comments
World Water Day is offering reflections and calls to awareness throughout the interwebs, and so I thought Creek Freak should join in: Remember the Alamo!
Not the battle in Texas, but the cottonwood tree, stalwart denizen of riparian corridors throughout the West, including reaches of the Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Santa Ana Rivers. If you are in Downtown LA today, remember the álamo as you cross Alameda, whose meaning is “a corridor lined with álamos.” Remember the álamo, as the message bearer of your river’s groundwater levels. With the water’s decline goes the cottonwood -and how many more desert rivers (with or without cottonwoods) shall we destroy(1,2)? Remember too, the álamo, as the bearer of shade, mediator of heat, whose stretching canopies touch and join to form bosques, offering the weary traveler relief.
In the bosque’s disarray, chaos rules
yet there is room for every living thing,
where things die, molt back to earth.
where things crack, give, break, show their fragile strengths
their beautiful humility,
there is no ego, no complaints, no expectations
just what are
the faces of our souls celebrating our brief passage
-Jimmy Santiago Baca, Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande