“What do the birds of prey have to tell you?
Pause feel the wind in your tail feathers
Red-tailed Hawk carries your morning prayers …”Gwendolyn Morgan from “Diurnal Raptors,” Before The Sun Rises, Homebound Publications, 2019. https://homeboundpublications.com/before-the-sun-rises-by-gwendolyn-morgan/
Carrot, Rabbit, Clay make a pinch pot paint it turquoise add small red beads, silver smudge with yellow cedar white sage form a rabbit of natural clay sculpt a bowl in its back add sacred objects: small gemstones, coins, feathers dried carrots, blue corn meal, wishes - Gwendolyn Morgan
Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea, Homebound Publications
From unexpected snow for the Lunar New Year, Year of the Ox to Valentine’s Day to late February, each day is a gift. We prepare for Spring Migration, greening, blossoms.
“Creating worlds, we choose one word over another: cherry blossom or plum blossom, eagle whistle or kestrel, stratus or nimbostratus, spells or incantations – seed syllables of the luminous auric field. She asks: What emotion will you release so you may choose another?”
from “Yellow Cedar” in Snowy Owls, Egrets & Unexpected Graces https://homeboundpublications.com/snowy-owls-egrets-and-unexpected-graces-by-gwendolyn-morgan/
Epiphany signifies illumination, a sudden intuitive perception, a moment of revelation. In the midst of an on-going global pandemic and much chaos, may we allow the earth to illuminate our path. Within the foliage of our west coast rain forests, we hear the sweet song of the Varied Thrush, feel the rain on our skin, watch the deer forage, find mushrooms beneath fern fronds, and remember we are connected to the earth.
With much gratitude to Esther Vincent Xueming, Editor-in-chief and Founder and The Tiger Moth Review for their inclusion of my poem
She (Who) Gathers Mushrooms in Issue No. 5 https://www.thetigermothreview.com/
May we remember to continue to speak up for peace and justice in a troubled time…
Sunrise, New Moon in Scorpio
“We wake; we wake the day,
the light rising in us like sun –
our breath a prayer brushing
against the feather in our hands….”
— Gail Tremblay, Onondaga, Mi’Kmaq,
from Indian Singing in the 20th Century America
Wishing you a Happy Diwali! Eagle, Sandhill Cranes, and Trumpeter Swans flew overhead around sunrise every day this week. As we enter into this season of gratitude and light, may be listen to all the beauty around us as we give thanks for the gifts we have received in this life. May we honor our ancestors, teachers, compañeros, friends and family along the journey. May we honor the Sandhill Cranes, the White Pelicans, the Trumpeter Swans, the geese and migratory birds that gather along our creek banks during this extended migratory time. May we honor the winged ones, the deer and all the woodland animals that cross our path. May we honor the mosses, plants, flowers, trees and stone peoples. May we give thanks for the celestials, the Moon and Sun and Stars, the celebrations of light around us. May we honor this earth, our home.
“Listen to the howl of our spiritual
brother, the wolf, for how it goes with
him, so it goes for the natural world.”
— Oren R. Lyon, Traditional Circle of Elders
We live in a time when our brothers and sisters are being shot,
when are sacred lands are desecrated.
May we lift up our voices for the natural world.
May we lift up our voices for peace and justice, equity and inclusion…
All the warm nights
sleep in moonlight
keep letting it
go into you
all your life
you will shine outward
in old age
the moon will think
Jacob Nibenegenesabe,_a poem from The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems from the Swampy Cree, trans. Howard Norman (1972) http://ankn.uaf.edu/
“Western Bluebirds, American Robins,” is a poem I wrote for the virtual 2020 Peace & Justice Fair in Vancouver, Southwest Washington. https://vancouverpeaceandjusticefair.org/fair-day/
With gratitude to New Verse News, you’ll see the posting of the poem on their site along with the link to the recording from the Peace & Justice Fair this month. https://newversenews.blogspot.com/2020/09/western-bluebirds-american-robins.html
In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves in climate crisis. In the Pacific Northwest our skies are thick with smoke and grief. The air quality index is hazardous at 427. We wait for bird song in the mornings again.
May we be ready to start anew this New Moon. “it’s time for a fresh start….. the New Moon is also square to the Nodes suggesting that we are learning an important message for this time….. the Sun’s Square to the Nodes and trine to Saturn remind us that we must take responsibility…. we can’t wait and hope everything unfolds as it should…. We’ve got to walk the talk…” Leah Whitehorse. https://www.leahwhitehorse.com/category/astrology-forecasts/
With gratitude to TheNewVerse.News for publishing a poem today that emerged from a virtual Willamette Writers Resilience workshop with Claudia F. Saleeby Savage. The New Verse News presents politically progressive poetry on current events and topical issues.
See Saturday, August 8, 2020 6:00 AM: https://newversenews.blogspot.com/
Activist Janaya Khan, explores equity and inclusion, learning from penguins. https://www.colorlines.com/articles/animated-video-explains-what-social-movements-can-learn-penguins
Two of my poems on the website, and one included in Summer 2020 issue.