Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Leaving a Message
Each people in their own way
try to leave behind their story.
Sometimes in words--
oral or written.
Sometimes in pictures.
When I see symbols painted
or etched on rock,
I always wonder,
Who stood here before me
chipping at this stone?
What message did they leave?
Who did they expect would see it?
Did a spiritual leader do this while
others prayed or danced?
Was it a secret ritual?
A ceremony by a shaman?
Or an artist depicting their world?
Though their descendents might say
Oh yes, I know what that meant
For me, I only know there is a spirit here
as there are in all such places.
Here, one human speaks to another
and across the ages we touch.
I shot my first deer today by the river. Thank you, spirit of the deer, for giving up your body so we may live
Thank you, Great Spirit, for this blessing.
Oh yes, a story is always worth a moment
of our time to consider
as even today we leave our marks.