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Letter from Publisher - November 2019

Oct 29, 2019 06:11PM ● By Amber Mc Kenzie

In the spirit of gratitude and remembrance this November, I want to share a beautiful and powerful poem written by the 23rd poet laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo. Harjo is from the Muscogee Creek Nation and is the first Native American woman to become poet laureate. I love her work, and especially love the following poem which hit me hard right in the heart space. It feels like a reminder from the universe of who and what we truly are: spiritual beings having a human experience. A reminder that we are all an interconnected – with each other, the earth, nature, sun, moon and stars. We are life and life is us. Please enjoy.


Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star's stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother's, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
are you.
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.

~ Joy Harjo

With love,


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