Oct 4, 2014

Poetry Solace: eagle poem

This week I'm sharing a poem by Joy Harjo, a Native American poet. I've always been fascinated with eagles and hawks, maybe because my (Chinese) nickname in primary school is ‘吳老鷹’. So I am drawn to the strength, majesty and freedom these birds symbolized. Hope you like this poem about eagles, taken from her poetry book, In Mad Love and War. Enjoy!

Eagle Poem
To pray you open your whole self 
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can't see, can't hear,
Can't know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren't always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.

Have a fun weekend! Be safe!

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