In dreams and fantasies the sea or a large expanse of water signifies the unconscious. --C.J. Jung
The fast water moves to undercut
meadows to parks then beneath
pavement, buildings, old houses,
railroad tracks, then out to join
the slower streams and rivers
rip-rapped with broken concrete
--Greg Keeler, Bozeman Creek
And as Jabbor lay dying, Deert, the moon, came along and said to him, ``If you will drink this water of mine you will always be able to come back to life." But there were many other native cats there who heard Deert say this, and they would not let Jabbor drink. ``Very well then," said Deert the moon. ``Now you must all die, animals, tribesmen, everybody must die for ever. If you had drunk this water, you would all have been able to come back to life. I shall die, but you will see me return. I am Deert the moon."
--an Aboriginal Myth in The Water of Life
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
--Wendell Berry, The Peace of Wild Things
Red river, red river,
Slow flow heat is silence
No will is still as a river
--T.S. Eliot, Virginia
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