Our Strength

Our Strength

for Reymundo Tigre Perez

     & The Medicine Eagles Gathering

 

our strength can be found in the Buffalo

with wild Bear

the Deer Dance

                                Condor

                                Eagle

 

waits patiently inside ritual

in the Inipi the Temazcal

Vision Quest and Sun Dance

 

harbors in the marrow of

                                 

Copal         Peyotl       Maiz

                                 

        Cedar        Picietle

                                 

Sage                  Sweet Grass

                               

in the knowledge of our elders

 

in syncopated music of Rain

        the voice of Drum

     the Black and Red ink

            Quetzalcoatl

 

It pursues high Winds on the mountain crest  

across the desert stirs the blossom below

in crowded cities, pueblitos, on the rez

in the loud slam of the prison cell door

the pride of parents at graduation

on the battle fields of foreign landscapes

 

where ever our people might reside

longing for the laughter of our children

nourished by complex subtle turning

of earth movements

the 4 Seasons

the 4 Directions

 

 

It swoops to earth on the green wings of the elusive Quetzal

flying so free that time hesitates tires from the chase

 

                                                                                      Aztatl

                                                                                  1994/2015

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