Change of Worlds
(Chief Seattle's speech to Isaac Stevens, Governor
of Washington Territory, 1854
..."there is no death, only a change of worlds.")
It is our turn, tangled in tendrils together
hair and grass alike, to be layers on this earth.
Around, above us, concentric circles of
revolving patterns of wind,
in the world's slow circle, turning.
will first rise to go-know if to go is to rise
be lowered to roots, felt under surface of skin.
have not seen the other side of the grass.
has she gone?" they will ask.
this circle with us on the earth
the grass stem's juice on her tongue."
is in the circling of the bee ..and in
circular current of wind-the same
not the same...as the wind of last September.