In Honor

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In Honor, acrylic and ink on watercolor paper, 18″ X24″, by Lex Leonard

In Honor

In the mornings, I have been hearing drums
and singing in just about all directions.
Those Lakota Medicine Men are out there
praying for the World. Pine Ridge, SD, FaceBook

 

Even though I am not of First Nations here,
But born in this place
to parents of immigrants
Eastern Europe
who prayed to ancestors of their land
Lit candles
chanted
drummed
grew herbs
had knowing

Here, I grew up on dirt where First Nations
walk and pray
understand the land
have knowing

This land
of 13 Grandmothers calling us to be present
of Carmen, Apache Spirit Warrior, who breathes within ceremony
of James, Kaagegaabaw, who teaches us the Ojibwe way of words
of Zak Hoops and Sky, children who dance medicine
All to heal Earth

I honor them in their knowing
I bow in gratitude of their wisdom
I bend humbled by their grace

So I embrace
my knowing
color and line and words
All to heal Earth

Together in Spirit
we still ourselves to hear Earth’s heartbeat
That which gives us life

Together in Spirit
we create
That which gives us life

Together in Spirit we pray
do ceremony
journey
with those who walked before
who walk with us now
and who are to come
Those who give us life

For we are all One of Earth
May we walk this journey together
In mercy and compassion for all

ᔕᐌᓂᒥᔑᓈᒻ᙮
Zhawenimishinaam
‘bless, pity us;
have mercy, compassion for us;
show us loving-kindness and unconditional love’
James Vukelich, Ojibwe Word of the Day, Facebook

 

Author’s Note:

I spent the day working to heal.

I have been so inspired by our First Nation people who are in my life and those I follow or who have come across my feed here on Facebook. From Carmen Baraka to whom I am so grateful to be in my life, to James Vukelichin teaching Ojibwe Word of the Day, to children dancing to drums, to a simple quote. These all have been life-giving to me. I learn from them how to walk more lightly on this Earth in reverence, gratitude and compassion.

The lines you see under the paint are my own designed letters spelling out the prayer I have been using as much as possible all day long in everything I do.

May all beings
Be
Safe
Content
Healthy
Live in peace