Traveling the Rivers of Washington

 The Pend Orielle River by Metaline Falls

 Traveling the Rivers of Washington

In Washington state
 rivers flow out of the mountains,
connect to guide travelers,
 merge with the ocean,
and roll on to the 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 spelling them-
My favorites are Green, Snake, Lewis, and Rock.

by inlandempiregirl

Christy Woolum


  1. Another great poem --- it's really fun to know that I live near four of those you listed. :D

  2. take me with you... Well, you did! Loved!


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