|luminaria on Serpent Mound in Ohio|
You, darkness, that I come fromI love you more than all the firesthat fence in the world,for the fire makes a circle of light for everyoneand then no one outside learns of you.But the darkness pulls in everything –shapes and fires, animals and myself,how easily it gathers them! –powers and people –and it is possiblea great presence is moving near me.I have faith in nights.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Before going to bedAfter a fall of snowI look out on the fieldShining there in the moonlightSo calm, untouched and whiteSnow silence fills my headAfter I leave the window.Hours later near dawnWhen I look down againThe whole landscape has changedThe perfect surface goneCriss-crossed and written onWhere the wild creatures rangedWhile the moon rose and shone.Why did my dog not bark?Why did I hear no soundThere on the snow-locked groundIn the tumultuous dark?How much can come, how much can goWhen the December moon is bright,What worlds of play we'll never knowSleeping away the cold white nightAfter a fall of snow.
Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the soilof Turtle Island,and to the beings who thereon dwellone ecosystemin diversityunder the sunWith joyful interpenetration for all.