It starts with an invitation to walk down to the water.
This day of birds, of learning about kingfisher, bush turkey,
diamond doves and one one amazing mantis.
A new teacher, a Walpiri man named Steven, speaks
softly of skin names-nangala means flowing water;
jangala means still water.
Skin names are given when one is known, when tears fall
and the truth of being is realized.
I am nangala, now part of a large family,
woven into this place and culture, connected to feather and scale.
What a gift……..