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Sharing the Journey

Tlingit canoe coming in to shore at Alki beach - July 23, 2012
Tlingit canoe coming in to shore at Alki beach – July 23, 2012

Barefoot and with
My pants rolled up
Past my knees
I stand
In the shivering cold water
Shoulder to shoulder
With you
Alongside the canoe
You paddled
Hundreds of miles
Or more
To this stop on your journey

We lift the canoe
Free from the water
And carry it
Above the tide line

For a few moments
I share in your journey
Not as a bystander
But as a participant
It is a small role I play
Inconsequential to some
But I will cherish it

Carrying the last Tlingit canoe ashore on Alki beach - July 23, 2012
Carrying the last Tlingit canoe ashore on Alki beach – July 23, 2012

The canoes are participating in the Paddle to Squaxin, this year’s gathering of northwest tribes.

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