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Simon Joseph Ortiz (1941-)

Mid-America Prayer


              1Standing again
              2within and among all things,
              3Standing with each other
              4as sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers,
              5daughters and sons, grandmothers and grandfathers --
              6the past and present generations of our people,
              7Standing again
              8with and among all items of life,
              9the land, rivers, the mountains, plants, animals,
            10all life that is around us
            11that we are included with,
            12Standing within the circle of the horizon,
            13the day sky and the night sky,
            14the sun, moon, the cycle of seasons
            15and the earth mother which sustains us,
            16Standing again
            17with all things
            18that have been in the past,
            19that are in the present,
            20and that will be in the future
            21we acknowledge ourselves
            22to be in a relationship that is responsible
            23and proper, that is loving and compassionate,
            24for the sake of the land and all people;
            25we ask humbly of the creative forces of life
            26that we be given a portion
            27with which to help ourselves so that our struggle
            28and work will also be creative
            29for the continuance of life,
            30Standing again, within, among all things
            31we ask in all sincerity, for hope, courage, peace,
            32strength, vision, unity and continuance.

                                                              St.Louis, Mo.
                                                                    May 1980


Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Ortiz, Simon J. Woven Stone. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1992: 289-90.
Publication date note: Ortiz, Simon J. Fight Back: For the Sake of the People; For the Sake of the Land. 1980.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/6/30*1:2004/6/30


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