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Anguished Land


Anguished  Land

Shamans dressed in rabbit’s fur and tanned buckskin call upon Mother Earth for healing; elderberry-stem flutes chant harmonious refrains. Robins, mockingbirds, and gray catbirds gather in birdsong, acid rain descends; the lone eagle cries in disbelief as Mother Earth thunders her answer.

Earthquake undulates

A slithering mating call

And swallows it’s prey.


Selena Howard ©2011


2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2012 8:14 pm

    This is startlingly powerful. I have been ill lately, though hopefully it’s not life threatening, but we’ll see, and one of the greatest of the Navajo medicine men, Mr. Redhouse, has been working to bring me back to health. Ethel would like to see a sonnet about his healing, but I haven’t processed it well enough yet. This post, with the Haibun at the end, means something special to me. You have beautiful language in here, learning the lesson that Ralph Waldo Emerson taught that even lists can, in the right context and to the discerning reader, have a great power. Thank you for this.

  2. February 5, 2012 8:25 pm

    Thank you Thomas. I have Julie Catherine to thank for introducing me the art form of haibun. I have such a connectedness to our earth and it pains me to see what we are doing to her.As a child I lived on a reservation and though I am not Native American by birth I was embraced as one of their own.

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