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a map to the next world :: joy harjo

for Desiray Kierra Chee

In the last days of the fourth world I wished to make a map for
those who would climb through the hole in the sky. 499 more words



From “Whereas Statements” – Layli Long

WHEREAS my eyes land on the shoreline of “the arrival of Europeans in North America
opened a new chapter in the history of Native Peoples.” Because in others, I hate the act… 173 more words

Nostalgic Soup: Joy Harjo

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, check out this poem by the great Joy Harjo from The Woman Who Fell From the Sky. You can find this and other Harjo poems at Poetry Foundation, too. 240 more words

blessing, stitch-by-stitch

the dome of heaven, thin veil between earth and sky, is only now daubed with morning’s light. when i tiptoed down the stairs, eager to begin my count of blessings, there was only deep dark shadow, no stars stitched the dawn, not that i could see, constellations occluded by cloud. 1,277 more words

Savoring Moments

"We see you, see ourselves and know / That we must take the utmost care / And kindness in all things."

Dear Readers,

This is the third year I’m sharing this post; today, I also recommend Joy Harjo’s “Perhaps the World Ends Here.”

I’m not a religious person, but many people I treasure are very religious, and I’m always… 76 more words



When I was growing up and our family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house, we spent time around the dining table before serving the feast to discuss for what we were thankful.   397 more words

Editor Notes

To pray you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you.

And know that there is more… 45 more words

Patricia Steele Raible