Flooded Banks

Fourteen teenagers face the wilds of the swollen Minnesota River and try to be true to their art and creativity.

Flooded Bike Path Fort Snelling (Eduardo Tomas Nieves)

Flooded Bike Path Fort Snelling (Eduardo Tomas Nieves)

 

I am drowning.

Road to Fort Snelling State Park (Carmen Erickson)

Road to Fort Snelling State Park (Carmen Erickson)

I slowly sink deeper into a dark abyss.

This weight getting heavier

Dragging me

Deeper and deeper into the depths.

The light shrinking;

Surroundings less identifiable.

I’m lost in my thoughts, scared. Alone.

I reach my hand up

Bluet Damselfly (Eduardo Tomas Nieves)

Bluet Damselfly
(Eduardo Tomas Nieves)

Hoping

That someone will reach down and save me.

I’m still reaching.

I’m still hoping

I’m still drowning.

Carmen Erickson

 

 

AJ Vue

AJ Vue

Nature.

I see mosquitoes.

I touch my swollen mosquito bites.

I hear the buzzing of mosquitoes in my ear.

I feel angry.

Nature.

 

Damn these mosquitoes.

Going outside is alright.

Ha Ha, that’s funny.

Lee Cygan

Mosquitoes

Burn it with fire,    Drown it with water,    Blast it with wind,   Crush it with stone.

Foul creatures  Born from evil,   Blessed with poison,    Death to it all    Mosquitoes 

Plague that must fall.                           - AJ Vue

Box Elder Bugs on Box Elder leaves

Box Elder Bugs on Box Elder leaves (Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto)

Never expect something

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle (Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto)

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle
(Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto)

 As beautiful as nature

To stay the same.

Usually there are

Remarkable differences in

Every inch of space you observe.

- Carmen Erickson

 

 

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Fox Snake

Guadalupe came running down the stairs, her eyes wide with excitement. “ I saw the snake.” I told her there must have been a reason she was the only one to see it. As we walked back, she told me she was an Aztec dancer. From the Aztec calendar, one of her birth symbols is the snake. Because of her connection with snakes, Guadalupe can feel the vibrations of things and people around her.

Larry Wade

 

deer carcass (Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto)

deer carcass
(Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto)

Where does Beauty hide?
In the green roots of
yarrow leaves, dug in
the wounds of history’s wars
Within the king’s mushrooms
his cap showered with pride
in the audience of his subjects.
And in the corpse of a
deer long lost cousin,
Whose remains will sunk
back to life’s beginnings.

Red ants cling to bark in the swollen river. (Eduardo Tomas Nieves)

Red ants cling to bark in the swollen river.
(Eduardo Tomas Nieves)

Where does Beauty hide?
On the murky river of
no return, flowing and flowing
on an endless journey.
In Noah’s bark, the boat
of life that civilization clings
onto as it sways in the water

Where does Beauty hide?
In the lenses of Eyes
In the imagination of the Mind
In all living things.

– Xe Chang

 

Corrina Guerrero

Corrina Guerrero

 

 

 

Wind is blowing, clouds are bursting,

Water is dancing,

Waves are falling, Earth is screaming,

Flowers are singing,

Land is hiding,

Storms are coming.

- AJ Vue

 

 

 

 

 

Eduardo Tomas Nieves

Eduardo Tomas Nieves

Welcome to the city of long nights.

Vibrant yellow escorts

At a whistle’s beck and call.

Steamy kisses against bruised ankles.

Bright lights,

A bumblebee’s sting

In your greedy little irises,

Greasy fingers

And

Clouded thoughts

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Bluff Graffitti

 Foreign languages

Invade comfort zones.

GET OUT

Of my comfort zone,

Please.

- Roma Murphy

 

 

 

Last night I heard you sing to me.

Ashley Brewer

Paper collage inspired by poem
(Ashley Brewer)

Whispers echo through the roots of
the deep soil,

Making its way through the skimpy
branches of an aged tree.

I heard it jump through a vast

Body of cool blue water. The

Sweetness of your voice swarmed

Into my young ears,

Trickling into my deep core.

Last night I heard you sing.

- Ashley Brewer

 

Cottonwood reflection in the swollen waters

Cottonwood reflection in the swollen waters

We have been learning about Lakota culture, and it has inspired me to learn more about my culture and incorporate it into my art work. - Gabrielle Jackson

 

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Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto

 

 

 

I near the edge of the wild
Unwanted, but crucial
Seen, yet invisible,
Loving, but feared
And know that I can change this.

-Sam Porter

 

 

Gallery

Hackberry Emperor (Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto)

Hackberry Emperor
(Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto)

 

Sam Porter

Sam Porter

 

Harvestman eating a fly (Eduardo Tomas Nieves)

Harvestman eating a fly
(Eduardo Tomas Nieves)

 

Hackberry Emperor on Wambdi Wapaha's hat (Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto)

Hackberry Emperor on Wambdi Wapaha’s hat
(Guadalupe Lizeth Lima Soto)

 

Eduardo at Work

Eduardo looking for his next image.

Guadalupe catching a special moment in time.

Guadalupe catching a special moment in time.

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses to Flooded Banks

  1. Judy Chucker says:

    Beautiful images. Beautiful words.

    Gratitude.

  2. David Schiesher says:

    I am deeply touched and inspired by these teens expressions of their connections with nature. Mother Earth is in good hands for the future if they are representative of this generation.

  3. Thank you for sharing these expressions of thought, creativity, and life. I enjoyed viewing your photos and reading your reflections.

  4. Gwen Westerman says:

    Inspiring and stunning work by the students during our time at Fort Snelling State Park. I am in awe of their poetry, art, and photography! Good job!

  5. Janine says:

    These images and crafted words are incredible. Larry, I am continually in awe of the gift you have for inspiring our youth to connect to nature and the earth.

  6. Joanne says:

    Absolutely beautiful. More power to these young artists.Thank you for sharing!

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