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Leslie Marmon Silko

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Prayer to the Pacific:
 
I traveled to the ocean
               distant
                     from my southwest land of sandrock
                     To the moving blue water
               Big as the myth of origin.
 
Pale
pale water in the yellow-white light of sun  floating west
                                                  to China
                              where ocean herself was born.
Clouds that blow across the sand are wet.
 
Squat in the wet sand and speak to the ocean:
     I return to you  turquoise  The red coral you sent us,
                      sister spirt of earth.
Four round stones in my pocket  I carry back the ocean
                     to suck and to taste.
 
Thirty thousand years ago.
             Indians come riding across the ocean
             Carried by giant sea turtles.
 
Waves were high that day
        great sea turtles waded  slowly stop
                                from the gray sundown sea.
Grandfather Turtle rolled in the sand  four times
                     and disappeared
                             swimming into the sun.
 
And so  from that time
        immemorial,
                  as the old people say,
rain clouds drift from the west
                       gift from the ocean.
 
Green leaves in the wind
Wet earth on my feet
       swallowing raindrops
                     clear from China. 
 
 
                 
 

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