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Prayer for the Great Family

Prayer for the Great Family
after a Mohawk prayer, by Gary Snyder, Turtle Island

Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day—
and to her soil: rich, rare and sweet

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing, light-changing leaf
and fine root-hairs; standing still through wind

and rain; their dance is in the flowering spiral grain

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and silent
Owl at dawn. Breath of our song
clear spirit breeze

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,
freedoms, and ways; who share with us their milk;

self-complete, brave and aware

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers;
holding or releasing; streaming through all

our bodies salty seas

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through
trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where

bears and snakes sleep— he who wakes us—

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky
who holds billions of stars— and goes yet beyond that—

beyond all powers, and thoughts

and yet is within us—

Grandfather Space.

The Mind is his Wife.

so be it.

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  • February 13, 2008, 6:55 am Erik

    Oh, that’s beautiful… thanks for sharing it! I love Snyder’s work.

  • February 13, 2008, 7:04 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Me too! I found this one through the great Worlwide Poetry Weaving for Brighid that was hosted by Oak at Imbolc.