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THE RHYME OF THE REMITTANCE MANThere's a four-pronged buck a-swinging in the shadow of my cabin, And it roamed the velvet valley till to-day; But I tracked it by the river, and I trailed it in the…Continue
I awoke this morning No birds were singing
There were no birds at all
I looked out the window The trees were all gone
Only houses covered the land
No trees...no birds
Looking upward No sky to be seen
Brown and thick
My young daughter came running, Daddy, daddy....we have to go to the zoo!
Because they have the last living bear!
My stomach churned I felt sick
What have we done?
Is this really happening?
Why is there only one bear left?
What did you do with them?
Tears welled into my eyes Daddy...
Can you tell me what a bird was?
Is it true that there used to be wolves?
Where did they go?
Tell me of the old days...
When there used to be animals and we weren’t sick all the time
And tears of guilt ran as a river
Walk in mountain forests Where your false pride has no value
Listen well to all your Earth Teachers For they care not about your ego
Dare to touch Earth Mother with your heart That you might hear echoes of ancient wisdom
Allow Wind Spirits to caress your face And sense freedom not born of material possessions
Drink purity from water veins of our Earth Mother To drown the arrogance creating your thirst for power
Make time to observe the ant For she will instruct you in the ways of true humility
Search out the glistening grain of sand If you wish to see natural beauty
Contemplate the forming of rounded river stones That you might conquer change
Observe the deer among dewy grasses And they will teach you the giveaway
Focus on the mighty bear Should you dare to look within yourself
Listen to the Stellers Jay For her squawking may be your echo
Look beyond the end of your nose And see a world that can live without you
Watch the snake as he sheds his skin That you can learn to let go of hurtful things
Study the ways of wolf Where family value exceeds the self
Observe the spider carefully What you do to the web of life, you do to yourself
View stars on a moonless night To know there is light in the darkest of times
Pursue an eye for an eye And you may be blinded first
Watch the butterfly as she dances in flight That your own actions may be as beautiful
Open your ears that you might hear beyond yourself Or has your own voice made you deaf?
Now, gaze into still waters And observe what you really reflect
Sidanelai (we are family)
Sleeping; unmindful of the passing storm.Dreaming; of sunny days, and running through fields of barley and corn.Waking; to a blessed brand new summer’s morn.Working; out in the fields from dusk till dawn.Evening; a time to be thankful, however tired and worn.
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