Oct16

Medicine Poetry: Flute and Words for your Soul

1,000,000 Women Drummers (with Ubaka Hill), New Paltz, New York

1,000,000 Women drummers will join this event around the world. We will gather in the woods in New York for 2 days of performance, prayers for the land and world, and drumming!!

  • This Winter’s Day
  • For Mary Oliver
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  • A full quorum
  • of snow covers my backyard 
  • in the color it should be
  • in January
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  • Reclaiming the brown
  • winter-dormant grass
  • that ekes a drone of 
  • longing into the back of my mind
  •  
  • I write this tribute poem
  • for Mary Oliver
  • on the day after her passing
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  • and it seems 
  • it should be snowing, 
  • the sun bowing homage
  • while it reads her poems
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  • Allowing her to be
  • the one to shine today
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  • Mary, of course, 
  • would give the clouds
  • center stage
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  • to slow us into
  • a deeper rhythm
  • for this one day,
  • this one wild and precious day
  •  
  • in this one wild
  • and precious life
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  • She would take time
  • to count crows
  • and weave ibis wings
  • upon her tongue
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  • Seeking prayers
  • in a blade of grass
  • beneath a broken bottle
  • in an abandoned city lot
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  • her knees knowing the soil,
  • and the winds, her voice
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  • and for so many of us,
  • her precious words
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  • Wild and free
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  • Valerie A Szarek
  • January 18, 2019
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