Wolf crawled into my skin Fur pushing through feathers "You're grounded," he said. Talons became claws and I howled. Horse took pity and snuffled to me, nose to nose until his sweet breath became mine and hooves let me fly again. Stone and stars, beacons Galaxies, guide Tethered to truth, We breathe fire And fly.
The sun called you daughter long before you were first touched by dawn. Trees bow before you more deeply than they do the wind. You steer made of the stars and were born in answer to a prayer. You belong. You gentle strength is forged by the fire … Continue reading On the Sun and Stars and Knotted Hair
Bending, I bow my head And lay my hands upon Her hair, combing, and think How women do this for Each other. My daughter's hair Curls against the comb, Wet and fragrant--orange Parings. Her face, downcast, Is quiet for one so young. I take her place. Beneath My mother's have I feel The braids drawn … Continue reading Combing
Like the waves of the sea and winds from the mountains The past and Presence rise to meet me. Grief, gnowledge, knowing, impatience To be heard and seen again through Clear windows to wisdom, without glass ceilings or separations of space or generations. They rise to meet me in this auspicious occasion of remembrance. In … Continue reading Weaver Woven
I had a meeting two weeks ago with a woman, a tribal leader respected enough to be elected into a state legislature to speak for her tribe. In the same manner that I am directed by Ancestors to others, I was sent to her and shared as much. At the start of our meeting I … Continue reading Silence is Complicity
In the light, my hair looks like It's been streaked by fire. I wonder what it'll be like after its tendrils have stirred the stars.
Her name isn't Asifa Though it could be. She could be eight years old, too. She likes to fuss over her own hair, the rose placed just so. Not the rough, any ol' way She does. She might be ten. That rose makes her feel pretty. Until the pretty of the pink gains weight as … Continue reading For the Love of a Girl with a Pink Rose in Her Hair