Friday, July 13, 2012

A Poem For Leonard Peltier

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All you wanted was to feed

The People, and a hunger entered

your Spirit. All you wanted

was to end the pain, and the pain

of your Sundance entered your heart.

"Where are our warriors?" a Grandmother

asked and the small boy in you rose up,

a sweet smoke offering. You gave

your life, but all you wanted was life

on Earth for all your starving relations.

You spoke for the young as a young man

and your Spirit-Song answered. You stoked

the fire for The Elders, until now, an Elder,

you fan the flames of Freedom in our lifetime,

keeping the fire of all our dishonored treaties.

You studied Liberty while they waged war

upon us, and upon those who looked like us,

the flower of your Spirit opening to let us all

inside your cell. You wanted the many colors of

the Rainbow, your warrior-Spirit becoming you.

You gave us your life, your words,

your Rainbow on the whitened page.

You fed us all. They locked up your Light

but not your fire. It blazes like sage, smolders

in the concha, the smoky prayer of your resistance.

All you wanted was to feed, to end the hunger-

of the flesh, of the the Spirit, of conscience.

Now, with starvation all around, a mold that

just won't wash, you feed us, The People, with

your fasting, your writing, your glowing example.

Here, in this sacred circle of Earth, fed by

the Sundance that is you, may you walk

and love among us once again, telling

the Truth of the Old Ones, of the ones not yet

born. We are fighting for your freedom still.

Well fed by you, we know,

we tell, and we demand:




Lorna Dee Cervantes

Sept. 12, 2010

for Leonard Peltier's 66 birthday

and for peace with dignity and justice

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