Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! And... Happy SUMMER! Be sure to visit Linda at A Word Edgewise for Roundup.
So, I've been out adventuring and not here at my desk... hubby and I traveled to California, where we played on the Pacific shore, watched the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and eventually made our way to Yosemite National Park. More on this later... we're still recovering!
Today I just wanted to pop in and share my delight upon hearing Joy Harjo, member of the Mvskoke Creek Nation* named as the first ever Native American U.S. Poet Laureate! So many of her poems speak to me, and a few years ago I got to know her in a different way through her memoir CRAZY BRAVE. Be sure to read it, if you haven't already. And here is a favorite favorite poem, that definitely goes on the "How to Live Your Poem" list.
by Joy Harjo
Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star's stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother's and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.
(published in SHE HAD SOME HORSES, W.W. Norton & Co., 1983)
|...remember snowmelt -- like poetry --|
is a powerful, beautiful thing!
*I added this after reading Mary Lee's post. I have much to learn. Thank you, Mary Lee!