Thursday, April 22, 2021

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

These beautiful words I found were written by Joy Harjo.  It seemed the right day to share them.



"Remember the sky that you were born under, know each of the star's stories.  


Remember the moon, know who she is.  


Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is the strongest point of time.  


Remember sundown and the giving away to night.  


Remember your birth, how your mother struggled to give you form and breath.  You are evidence of her life and her mother's and hers.  


Remember your father.  He is your life, also. 


 Remember the earth whose skin you are: red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth, brown earth, we are earth.  


Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their tribes, their families, their histories, too.  Talk to them, listen to them.  They are alive poems. 


 Remember the wind.  


Remember her voice.  She knows the origin of this universe.  


Remember you are all people and all people are you.


  Remember you are this universe and this universe is you.  


Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you. 


 Remember language comes from this.  


Remember the dance language, that life is.  


Remember."



Remember 

by

Joy Harjo

Poet Laureate 



Joy Harjo (born May 9, 1951) is an American poet, musician, playwright, and author. She is the incumbent United States Poet Laureatethe first Native American to hold that honor. She is also only the second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to serve three terms. Harjo is a member of the Muscogee Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground).  


You can learn much more about Ms. Harjo if you click on her name here.







26 comments:

  1. Lovely poem, it is perfect for Earth Day!
    Take care, enjoy your day!

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  2. Beautiful - and a poem and a poet I did not know. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Laurie :) Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope there is a way I can visit yours one day.

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  4. I knew this peom had to have been written by a Native American, the link proved I was right. it is perfect for earth day

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    1. Perfect poem yes, and Joy is a Native American. I have just purchased one of her books of poetry. Thanks Sandra :)

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  5. Beautiful! Happy Earth Day :)

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  6. What a wonderful poem! Harjo, to my mind, writes like a Native American. Their poems are kind of this style.

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    1. She is a Native American and i left a link with her bio if you would like to know more :)

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  7. Lovely post/poem.
    Happy Earth Day.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, and all the best to you too :)

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  8. This is one of the reasons I have no need to ever write another poem.

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    1. I feel the same way but I would love to read one of your poems :)

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  9. Denise, thank you for posting this touching poem. I am quite touched by its words.

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    1. I am very happy it spoke to you Martha Ellen :) It did me also. I really felt those words.

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  10. a lovely poem, perfect for earth day, which i happen to forget...shame on me!!!

    i happen to adore the name joy!! nice to have some additional info too, you are always so good about that!! enjoy your sunday!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, and no shame :))) I hope you had a great Sunday, ours was very nice.

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