water child by atlantic

water

“onitariio”
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡is Huron
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡it means
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡“beautiful lake” (and it is)

I was born
‡‡between Lakes Erie and Ontario (onitariio)
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡bracketed
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡north
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡and
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡south
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡by water

born in the winter,
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡I am child
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡of ice

but I find solace
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡and warmth
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡standing on their shores

I think that the water
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡makes a certain music
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡that calls out to me
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡and all who live here


Source: The author, 2019

atlantic was born and raised in Niagara Falls, where he still resides. A selection of his work is available on Instagram

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