For the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers of the International Council

by Aidan Andrew Dun

unci rita

The great turning
towards love:
say nothing
more so as
not to steal from
the thunderous
impact of
such a thought.

The hum
of galaxies
the mantras
of suns praying
with pure light:
and thirteen

Chanting beside
the river of heaven
of circular
silver roarings.
‘The earth is
in agony
but our song
will heal her.’

Flowing once more
we feel it possible
to start again;
nothing can
interrupt the
fluent song of
our beginning.

image: Unci Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance-Oglala Dakota