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

Mare Cromwell is a nature mystic and the (multi) award-winning author of "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 more than eighteen years and sits on the Seven Generations World Wisdom Council. Mare calls Western Maryland her home. To learn more about her books, go to (Note: she is a former worm herder. ;~)
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