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BULLETS FLYING

SHOTS RINGING OUT, MORE DYING FROM NEEDLESS SORROW FROM VIOLENCE GONE CRAZY, BULLETS FLYING, GLASS BREAKING, BUILDINGS BURNING DOWN, STAYING IN THE STREETS OF VERY DANGEROUS, SHOTS RINGING OUT, IN THE DARK, ALL HOURS, THIS TOWN NOT SAFE WITH BULLETS FLYING AROUND WITH YOUR NAME ON IT!

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Solistice

Cloudy minds float by,
the solistice eclipse clouds
the mind, make things
very unclear,
Cloudy minds float by,
the summer begins to shine
the sun tells me,
what my body already knows,
Cloudy minds float by,
the summer begins to shine!

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SNAIL

IT WAS, SO, BEAUTIFUL, THE SIGHT CONTAINED TALL TREES FULL AND REACHING UP HIGH INTO THE CLEAR BLUE SKY IN A MAJESTIC CHORUS WITH THE SPARKLING WATER RIPPLING ALONG IN TANDEM. THE BRIGHT SUN GLOWED OVER IT ALL, ALL THE WAY TO THE SNOWCAPPED MOUNTAINS ON THE FAR AWAY HORIZON. EAGLES CALLED OUT TO EAGLES, BEARS RAN FREELY, STANDING UP AND DECLARING THEMSELVES, THE WOLVES IN A PACK RAN BY LIKE LATE FOR A DATE OR DINNERTIME. I WAS JUST TAKING ALL THIS BEAUTY IN WITH EAGER EYES. WHEN SUDDENLY APPEARED A OLDER INDIAN MAN, SLOWLY WALKING TOWARDS ME, AND WITH A DELIBERATE STROKE RAISED HIS LEFT HAND UP WITH THE PALM OPEN AND FACING ME, I KNOW THAT TO MEAN, HE CAME IN PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP, WE, BOTH JUST STOOD AND FACED EACHOTHER WITH NO WORDS OR ALARM. IN WHAT SEEMED LIKE A VERY LONG TIME, THE BEAUTY OF THIS NATURAL PLACE WAS JUST OVERWHELMING AND THE OLD MAN LOOKED LIKE HE BELONGED TO IT. IT JUST HUGGED US, BY BEING THERE, I CALL IT PARADISE! SLOWLY, HE SAID, WITH A SOFT VOICE, “I AM SNAIL, ONE OF YOUR MOTHERS ANCESTORS, MY NAME WAS GIEN TO ME, FOR I WAS LATE TO BE BORN, SLOW TO GROW, AND TOOK A LONG TIME TO MATURE, AND I’VE ALWAYS BE SLOW TO MOVE, TAKING DELIBERATE STEPS AND CHOREGRAPHED MOVEMENT, I FORMED THIS HARD SHELL TO COVER MY SOFT INNER FLESH, FOR, I CANNOT RUN AWAY, AND WITH LONG PAUSES, ALMOST LIKE INTERMISSION TIME AT A PLAY, SOFTLY, A CHANT GRADUALLY ASCENDED WITH A SOOTHING AND CALMING EFFECT UPON ME. SNAIL CONTINUED, “SON, WHATEVER IN NATURE THAT TAKES A LONG TIME TO APPEAR, MATURE, OCCUR OR RECOVER HAS PURPOSE AND INTENT WITHIN IT, THAT IT WILL BE CAPABLE OF DOING SOMETHING GREAT AND IMPORTANT, EVEN, IF UNKNOWN TO THE WORLD! I HAVE COME TO YOU TO GIVE YOU THIS SHELL OF ME, THE SNAIL, FOR YOU ARE THE CHOSEN ONE TO GIVE TO THOSE WHO REALLY NEED SOMETHING GREAT AND IMPORTANT! THOSE WITH THE GREAT NEED LONG OVERDUE, WHO HAVE CARRIED THIS SUFFERING WAY TOO LONG! IT WILL BE NEAR WHERE YOU SPENT YOUR YOUTH, IT WILL NEAR WHERE VIOLENCE HAS CHANGED MUCH. YOU SHOULD LEAVE IT IN THE HANDS OF ONE WHO IS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE ENDURED THIS SAD ORDEAL, WITH THE PAINFUL SCARS OF BRUTALITY THAT SCREAMS EVERYDAY. THAT BEAUTY, JOY, AND HEALING WILL GROW AMONGST THEM, AND, THEN IN MY HAND WAS THIS BROWN SHELL, I AS, I GO TO THE NORTHSIDE OF MINNEAPOLIS, BY THE BROADWAY CUB FOODS NEAR ASCENSION PARISH, WHERE I ATTENDED, TO LEAVE SOME FLOWERS FOR THE FLOWER POWER FLORAL ARRANGEMENT, I LEFT THE SHELL WITH ONE SETTING IT UP FOR JUNETEENTH, 2020

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DEATH AIN’T JUST A CASE OF DYING

DEATH AIN’T JUST A CASE OF DYING, NO JUST DYING OUT, NOT JUST DEAD AND GONE, LIFE IS CONNECTED TO IT THE OTHER END OF IT, HAND AND HAND TOGETHER, SO, SHAKE IT’S HAND, HOLD ON TO IT, WHILE WE CAN, SO, WE CAN SHARE ALL THIS TIME WITH EACHOTHER, DO WE ALL GO TO WHERE ALL THOSE GONE ON BEFORE HAVE GONE TO OR DO WE JUST DISAPPEAR INTO NOTHING, NO ONE REALLY KNOWS, DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO BELIEVE. LIVING IS PART OF IT, TOO, TRY TO REMEMBER, DON’T FORGET THOSE MOMENTS, THOSE TIMES SPENT WITH THOSE, NOW, DEAD, SOMEHOW KEEP IT ALIVE, INSIDE OF YOU, BUT, ONE DAY, NO ONE WILL REMEMBER ANY OF US, SO, UNTIL THE FINAL CURTAIN DROPS, DON’T GET SCARED OF IT, DON’T RUN FOOLISHLY TO IT, ALL WILL COME TO THE DOOR OUTTA HERE, THAT, WE ALL FIND, THE TRAAVEL TO GONE, WELCOME IS A GOODBYE, HELLO IS A GOODBYE, AIN’T IT, SO TRUE, WE’LL MEET AGAIN, WE MAY BECOME RECYCLED PARTS, SPIRITS CHANGING FORMS, IT IS A CIRCLE. LIKE MAYBE THIS IS THE NEXT LIFE, ALREADY, OR WE WILL SEE ANOTHER TIME, AS SOMETHING OR ANOTHER! THAT’S WHY, NOW, IS, SO, IMPORTANT!
TO ENJOY AND APPRECIATE IT, FOR WHATEVER IT IS! AND, DOES IT MATTER ONE WAY OR ANOTHER? DEATH AIN’T JUST A CASE OF DYING!

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Words of Arvol Looking Horse

From the book, White Buffalo Teachings, “WE NEED A GREAT HEALING. AND WE NEED A GREAT FORGIVING. BUT, HEALING CAN’T BEGIN WITHOUT FORGIVENESS. WE MUST FORGIVE EACH OTHER, FORGIVE OUR LOVED ONES, FORGIVE OUR FRIENDS, FORGIVE OUR ENEMIES, FORGIVE OURSELVES. WE NEED TO PRAY EVEN FOR A PERSON WHO HAS DONE US WRONG! IN OUR TIOSPAYE, OUR FAMILY, WHEN TWO PEOPLE FIGHT, THEY ARE MADE BROTHERS OR SISTERS. FORGIVENESS ITSELF IS A POWERFUL MEDICINE. WE NEED FORGIVENESS TO CREATE PEACE! MITAKUYE OYASIN! (ALL OUR RELATIONS!) IN THE GREAT CIRCLE OF LIFE, WHERE THERE IS NO BEGINNING AND NO ENDING! HE-C’-TU-YELO! (SO BE IT!) CHIEF ARVOL LOOKING HORSE

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EACH DAY

EACH DAY IS FULL OF LOVE
EACH DAY IS FULL OF BEING
EACH DAY IS FULL OF BEING HERE
EACH DAY IS FULL OF BEING THERE
EACH DAY IS FULL OF BEING GONE!

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ALONE

SLOWLY, THE SONG DID APPEAR,

OUT OF THE FOG,

OUT OF MY MIND, ALONE,

ONE NOTE, AT A TIME,

MOMENT AFTER MOMENT,

DAY AFTER DAY, ALONE,

SLOWLY, I STARTED TO HUM ALONG,

TO THE TUNE, THEN, I WROTE,

I WROTE A LINE AFTER LINE,

ALONE EACH NIGHT, ALONE, SO,

ALONE, EACH DAY, I SANG THAT SONG,

WITHOUT INSTRUMENT OR BAND, ALONE,

THEN, THAT SONG WAS BORN,

THAT SONG THAT MAKES ME DANCE,

THAT MAKES ME CRY,

THAT MAKES ME HAPPY,

SLOWLY, THE SONG DID APPEAR, CAME ALIVE,

BUT, I SANG THAT SONG, SLOWLY, BUT,

IT IS NOT MINE! IT IS YOUR SONG, ALONE!

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WALK OVER

WALK OVER ALL THESE WET LAKES, STEP OVER THE MANY WAVES, FISH, AND ROCKS, BOATS MOVE TO THE SIDE OF THE WATER, UNDERNEATH, DOWN RIVERS, AND CREEKS, UPON LAKES AND PONDS STROLLING BEYOND THE WATERS, PEOPLE WONDER HOW CAN ONE WALK ON THE WETNESS? IT IS BECAUSE THE WIND, SUN AND LIFE, JOIN ONE AS ONE WALKS UPON THE WETNESS, AS IT HOLDS ONE UP, THE AIR, PROPELS ONE ALONG, THE SUN NAVIAGATES FOR ONE WAY, LIFE SURROUNDS THE LIVING WATERS, THAT BECOME THE RAINY DEW AND WATER WITHIN, IF ONE CAN BELIEVE, ONE WILL NOT SINK OR NEED TO SWIM TO WALK OVER THE WATERS! STRONG BUFFALO

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THE DANCE

THE DRUM VIBRATES AWAKE,
THE SUN COVERS ALL OF THE WORLD,
THE WORLD HERE, THE POW-WOW WORLD,
IS HERE, TO BE HERE,
THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES HE JOKES & EXPLAINS,
IS A FRIEND,
THE LEAD SINGER BEGINS WITH HIS VOICE
THE PAST RETURNS
THE SECOND FOLLOWS UP
THE DANCERS ROTATE AROUND THE CIRCLE,
IN EACH STEP, IN EVERY MOVE,
THE HEARTBEAT LIVES IN THE SOULS,
IS, SO, REAL, IN BEING REAL,
THE COLORFUL SYMPHONY OF THE DANCE UNFLOLDS,
IN EACH DANCER, IN EVERY MOVE, IN ALL,
THE EYES WATCHING IN THE BLEACHERS,
THE VOICES AROUND THE DRUM,
THE DANCERS DANCING ALIVE,
THE THREADS OF IT ALL TOGETHER,
THE SAME, THE HUNT, THE SONGS, THE WARS, THE SORROW, THE WAY,
THE EVERYDAY, THE LIFE,
THE DANCE CONTINUES ON AND ON… STRONG BUFFALO

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CHILD, DEAR CHILD OF MINE

CHILD, DEAR CHILD OF MINE,
I DON’T OWN YOU, I OWE YOU,
I LOVE YOU…SURE,
I HAD A PART IN MAKING YOU,
MAYBE, EVEN A HAND IN RAISING YOU,
BUT, I’M A ORPHAN MAN, SO, I KNOW THAT,
CHILDREN ALWAYS BE NEEDING LOVE,
CHILDREN MEAN, SO MUCH, TO SO MANY,
CHILDREN, SO, VERY IMPORTANT, AND
DEAR, TO SO MANY, NEAR AND FAR…
CHILD, DEAR CHILD OF MINE,
I DON’T OWN YOU, I OWE YOU,
I LOVE YOU, HOPE YOU DON’T THINK,
POORLY OF ME, I’M JUST A OLD CHILD,
WHO NEVER HAD NO FAMILY OF HIS OWN,
NEVER HAD NO MOMMY TO LOVE ON ME,
OR, DADDY TO HUSH ME UP, CHILDREN, SO,
VERY IMPORTANT AND DEAR TO SO MANY,
NEAR AND FAR…
CHILD, DEAR CHILD OF MINE
I DON’T OWN YOU, I OWE YOU, I LOVE YOU,
I WAS OFF DOING THE WORK FOR THE GOOD
OF OUR PEOPLES’ RIGHTS!
CHILD, DEAR CHILD OF MINE, I DON’T OWN YOU,
I OWE YOU, I LOVE YOU! STRONG BUFFALO-DAKOTA