Dispatch from the Middle Rio Grande: The Day the River Went Dry

Dry riverbed of the Rio Grande. Tiwa Territory (Albuquerque, NM) July 24, 2022.

Cushioned by the soft sand, I close my eyes. I don’t want to be able to sit here. It’s as if the water in my own body is itself yearning to flow over this exposed earth. Eyes still closed, I visualize water returning, a fervent prayer of the imagination.

We are still surrounded by birdsong, and I’m touched by the preciousness of it. They’re still here, thank goodness, though I wonder how much longer that will be the case. Their song is pure gift, balm to the aching heart. May the waters return, may the birds not have to leave this place.

Dry riverbed of the Rio Grande. Tiwa Territory. (Albuquerque, NM) July 24, 2022.

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Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz

Artist, organizer, co-founder: U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, Nuns & Nones, Taproot. Writing from Tiwa territory, in ABQ, NM. www.adamhorowitz.org