Prayer to the Mississippi River

This small stream, that river, are your children, Father of the Waters.
But they feed into you,
so who is father of whom?
Where do you come from,
where is your fatherhood,
if you come from them?
This is what I think:
Each of these streams, rivers,
each drop that falls on this land,
has a spirit,
and each spirit joins in you,
so that you, whose source is them,
all together,
connect them like a founding ancestor his descendants,
them your children,
and you, Mississippi, their father.