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  • Out in Yolo County
    On a perfect October Day
    I was wandering through
    The Cache Creek Reserve
  • the event was a celebration
    of reclamation, of remembrance.
    Where we stood was once a
    open gravel pit
    Mined out aggregate to
    make our roads and patios
  • And now you find cranes
    and tule grass
    At creekside you find the stream
    runs clean
    dragon flys and minnows
    dance in reflected light
  • We looked out and back
    Thinking about the ways in which
    history passes and leaves its remains.
    The land
    called us to listen to each other
  • As a community gathered
    As witnesses to our best selves
    Together we return to caretaking
    Balancing our needs as humans,
    with the needs of the earth
    gave us the opportunity
    to explore media and meaning
  • To hear stories of experts and elders,
    natives and farmers, miners and youth,
    Weaving a shared story
    of caretaking.
  • So that some day,
    Others will find,
    A place to relax
    And reflect
    by the side of the creek.

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