Watershed


By Jamie Newton

             The raindrop falling in our orchard runs
mostly west to the bottom of the ridge then south
to the west fork of Dairy Creek
and from there south southeast
to the middle Tualatin—"lazy" in the native Atfalati tongue
                (we are, quite literally, up the lazy river)—and farther
to the southeast where it meets the north-running north Willamette
                                                                                                     just in time
                                                                                          to saunter
                                             through  downtown Portland
before continuing north to the lower Columbia
with its large gathering of voices
                       from upstream
all together then north
and northwest
and west
to the eastern edge
of the yawning north Pacific
                                from which it will,
                                           most likely,
                          in short order return
      to fall in our orchard once again


Jamie Newton lives and works in the Coast Range foothills west of Portland, Oregon. He is a painter, sculptor, and writer working in a wide range of materials and conceptual forms, frequently with an emphasis on environmental interaction. A selection of his work can be seen at concretewheels.com.

Photo credit: Jennifer Allen Newton

Photo credit: Jennifer Allen Newton