In Washington state
our rivers flow out of the mountains,
connect to guide travelers,
merge with the ocean,
and thunder to the Great Columbia.
Coastal Indians paddled the Nisqually, Nooksack, Quinault,
Northern bands camped on the Kettle, Colville, Sanpoil, Okanogan.
Explorers relied on the Spokane,Yakima, and Palouse,
Missionaries journeyed close to the Touchet, Tucannon, and Walla Walla.
Locals love the sound of Methow, Pend Oreille, Puyallup,
Wynoochee, Chehalis, Skykomish, and Elwha.
But when it comes to trying to spell them-
My favorites are Green, Snake, Lewis, and Rock.