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Dream Song

February 9, 2011

Speaking of oneirics (we weren’t? see entry of 1/29/11), here’s a poem, a chant, we heard recited at the memorial service of our friend Helen Watkins late in January. Her son Michael recited it in the First Congregational Church. Got some of those pale white people stomping, just a bit, under their pews. Highly recommended on any occasion that demands emotion and remembrance.

DREAM SONG
By James Wilson and David Carson

This was the way of it
Let the story fires be lighted
Let our circle be strong and full of medicine

Hear me
This is my dream song that I am singing for you
This is my power song that has taken me to the edge
This is my talking birth song for a new day
This is rock medicine, the talking tree, the singing water

Listen
I am dancing underneath you

It is a memory
It is a river
It is a chant
It is a canoe on a river
It is a memory of long ago
It is an arrow in a fort
It is a medicine story
It is what happened long ago
It is a bead in a story belt
It is a memory
It is what has been forgotten
It is a campfire
It is the smell of sweet grass and cedar, and prayers lifted to sky father
It is a way, a tradition, the way it was always done by the people
It is a campfire
It is a feeling of warmth and the sound of voices

Listen
I am dancing underneath you

I am dancing on the shore of a river in moonlight
Calling you to the campfire
To sit with the people and remember

Listen
I am dancing underneath you

Powerful, don’t you think? It gives a reverberating sense of how our dear dead ones live in us.

 

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