napowrimo – mdaashwi shi swi (thirteen)

we woke up too late

we ignored the signs that screamed

in dreams of catastrophic hurricanes

floods of ocean water from melting icecaps

glaciers shrink at unimaginable speeds

and we did nothing as we lay idle in a drive thru

ingesting animals killed without prayers

are they spiritless?

and we did nothing as we stand idle in line ups

buying clothes from china where factories are built for western consumption

and we did nothing as we sat idle in traffic

driving to the gas station clueless of where it came from as children die from unclean water living in poverty while oil companies thrive on the blood from the innocent

and we did nothing as these notions are idle without action

for when we talk about the environment we need action

for when we talk about the seventh generation teachings it means nothing without action

for when we talk about honouring our mother earth our words need to be activated by doing everything possible to protect this earth, this water, this air that gives us life

we need to do something now

if you listen closely and listen to the earth

and follow the signs

the time is now

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One thought on “napowrimo – mdaashwi shi swi (thirteen)

  1. It is good to be forgiving of oneself. It seems we are called to do our best in very difficult time. The harm done to generations of Indigenous people and the Earth has become so great that the consequences are unavoidable, I am reminded of my teacher’s refrain, “The world is as it is. Just do what you can.” The rest is up to Pachamama and the Creator.

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