When I heard the news that they were burning Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles in oil containment rings in the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, I experienced a moment of heart wrenching concern combined with extreme compassion. It was in that very moment that something opened up inside of me and I picked up a pen and Swimming in Blackwater flowed thorough my head and my heart and and my hand onto the paper in one flash of timelessness.
So when I heard the news that they were running pipelines underneath more than 200 rivers, streams and creeks, I immediately thought of the river turtles that rest in the sun on the banks of the Colorado River that runs through the center of Austin, Texas. And this song came back to me as a warning of what could be, not only for the turtles, but for all living beings.
And when I heard the news that people were gathering to protect the water against the pipeline, I knew there'd be trouble and that these brave women and men will need our support.
I am grateful to the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to LaDonna Bravebull Allard for transforming her land into the Camp of the Sacred Stones, for taking the initiative in April of 2016 to take a stand and inviting the world to stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.