A man once spoke to the earth

 
A man once spoke to the earth
to the sky and moon and stars
Birds perched in his hand, they said;
he knew the language of fish
found Jesus in rocks and worms
and for this we made him a saint.
 
Entire peoples once spoke to the earth
to the sky and moon and stars
they danced to their rhythms
and pounded the dirt with the soles of their dreams
the earth was their grandmother, they said,
blood of their blood;
the stars were their cousins
waiting them home
and for this we slaughtered and stole and enslaved
forced them into our desks and their
tongues to our tongues
to teach them about our saints.
 
 
 
© Meisaan Chan

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2 Responses to A man once spoke to the earth

  1. Karen B. says:

    Wow! So evocative. This spoke to the depths of my heart and soul.

  2. Thank you, Karen. Yes, there is much spiritual wisdom we’ve lost in the genocide of our Indian brothers and sisters.

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