naaniibwiwag

we are standing

clustered together on the land

our arms reach up to the sky

from open hands

life springs

 

naaniibwiwag

we are standing

clustered together on the land

our legs firm

as we stand

together we dig our toes

into the welcoming earth

it nourishes us

as we let our roots

go deep to support

all that we carry

our roots spread out in every possible direction

taking up as much space as it can

and our roots stretch

reaching for each other

and as we touch

we hold on

we wrap ourselves

we braid our roots

so that we become one

and this is how we stand

 

naaniibwiwag

we are standing

clustered together on the land

we are the trees

we will not fall

“our roots are dug deep

deep in the soul of our mother”

and at the core of our being

in that stillness

our breath

our words

our songs

are one.

 

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