Three Lakota Songs

by Lakota (Anonymous)

English version by Frances Densmore & Brian Swann
Original Language Lakota

May the sun rise in splendor
May the earth appear in light



A     wind
wears
me

Look

It is
sacred



A rainbow hoop

wears
me

Everybody
sees me
coming

-- from Song of the Sky: Versions of Native American Song-Poems, by Brian Swann

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

May the sun rise in splendor
May the earth appear in light


Pause from the daily rush for a moment in order to recognize what a truly breathtaking place it is we all inhabit. Each and every day begins with such shining majesty, and you and I are given the great gift of being witness to it. We didn't have to do something special to earn this privilege other than be born.

It's easy to confuse priorities in the midst of daily pressures. But we all need to periodically remind ourselves to stop and honor that unearned gift by actually noticing it.

Awe at what we encounter daily can feel exhausting... at first. But the quieter we become, the more we recognize it as our true state of being.

"A wind wears me... A rainbow hoop wears me..." I love these lines. The "me" could be the light of the sun, or it could be us. Heard this way, it is the proper recognition that we are ornamentation for the living world. We are accents upon the beautiful face of creation.

As humans we tend to take ourselves so seriously that we forget that we do not exist for ourselves; we are expressions of the living whole. And that particular sparkle of witnessing awareness we carry, that does not belong to us, but it is there to reflect the countless colors of existence back upon itself so that the living world may know itself more fully.

Look

It is
sacred



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Song of the Sky: Versions of Native American Song-Poems





Three Lakota Songs