PAINTING WITH WORDS POETRY: Where Has Turtle Island Gone?
Where Has Turtle Island Gone
Rocks can tell stories and the grass blades know history.
The Mountains speaks of times long ago deep in the past.
The Rivers make many voyages to the mighty ocean blue.
Some things always remain, but some things never last.
The land we know as Turtle Island was a place like Eden,
Made of milk and honey, teaming with pride and beauty.
There was enough to share with one’s family and his brother,
And in the heart of the land laid a spiritual tranquility.
Once on the land roamed the Great Buffalo proud and free.
The open plains were pure with their prairie grass sweet.
The winged animals existed in great numbers and varieties.
And the People lived respectfully, whole and complete.
But something unspoken swept the land with darkness.
Something uninvited encroached the rocks and sandy shore,
And spread over the mountains and valleys to the other side,
Along the way raping this Great Island to its very core.
The trees cry and the rocks now bleed while species disappear.
The Original People have been beaten down to a tattered spirit.
Even the Grandmothers and Grandfathers of past still weep,
Their living breath carried on the winds, listen, you can hear it.
Cement, tar and pavement now scars the sacred Mother Earth.
Telephone wires with dangerous energy stretches across this land.
Black poison now engulfs the brooks, streams and riverbeds,
Leaving the People to slowly suffer and die at another’s hand.
These are the things that have changed on this great Turtle Island,
Changing it’s face from spirit and peace to emptiness and sorrow.
This spoken yet unspoken travesty, today’s children must bear,
For the pain and suffering is deeply imbedded in their marrow.
However, in those bones the imprint of grandmothers and fathers
And their traditions and spiritual ways lead to hope and chance.
So children and grandchildren look deep within your wondering heart
And know Turtle Island can be found in the miraculous Sundance.
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