Lake Wendoka – poem by William Stafford

[from a Facebook friend this morning]

Derrick Jensen spoke via skype last night to Occupy D.C. In his speech he reminded us that the ground now being “held” by the protesters is stolen land, calling us to think deeply about our origins here. It brought to mind this poem by William Stafford:

“Lake Wendoka”, from Kansas Poems of William Stafford

Under the sidewalk lay an Indian village–
we knew our state held a buried scream:
one world that moved and then
another world. We walked on both
when we walked our town.

Father tapped a rock and glanced around:
“It is all right to picnic here–
think what they did to us Mound Builders.”
He glanced at Mother’s braids in the sun.
“Do right today, Kids. Do right today.”

Bob and I, the careless ones, we ran ahead
where a hillside opened and they built the dam,
long blue water flowing prairie lake,
slow waves lapping, rock to bank to sand:
Arapaho, Kansa, Cheyenne, Cheyenne, Cheyenne

 

 

 

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, nature mystic and international speaker. Her books include: The Great Mother Bible; Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother; and If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America. She has studied with Native American teachers for nineteen years and currently sits on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness, and is the visionary behind the Great Mother Wisdom Gathering. She loves to be involved in Sacred Water Ceremonies. Mare is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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