Saturday, February 25, 2012

Indian Gardens

Indian Gardens were more than just fields of corn, squash and beans,
They were also trees, acorns, wild plums, and sassafras,
Birch and Witch-hazel and a great number more.

They were the grasses, the herbs, the fruits like the strawberries and blueberries,
All the things on which humans survive - and thrive.

We live on an older landscape
Where every place had a descriptive name for what was found there
And when it changed, it got a new name.

Some are remembered, some are forgotten,
But the way I picture it in my imagination
Is this great big Turtle Island as one great big Garden,
Sacred Smoke rising as joyful songs were sung…

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