Jan 22 2014

Lakota (Anonymous) – Three Lakota Songs

Published by at 9:57 am under Poetry

Three Lakota Songs
by Lakota (Anonymous)

English version by Frances Densmore & Brian Swann

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

A      wind


It is

A rainbow hoop


sees me

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

/ Photo by StillWater /

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.


It is

Lakota (Anonymous)

US (19th Century) Timeline
Primal/Tribal/Shamanic : American Indian

The Lakota are the westernmost of the Sioux confederation. Traditionally the Lakota homeland is in North and South Dakota.

Black Elk (made famous in the book, Black Elk Speaks) was a Lakota Sioux holy man.

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Lakota (Anonymous) – Three Lakota Songs”

  1. josieon 22 Jan 2014 at 1:47 pm


    I have been reading for a long time your poems and your comments. I really enjoy
    it. Thanks.
    For this poem it made me think of the web of life, who support us and surround the
    earth, who connect us all together, like the council of grandmothers tells us.

    Blessings on your work and your family.

    Magnificent picture

  2. Anne Ryanon 22 Jan 2014 at 5:50 pm

    While many , many of these poems have had general and deeply personal meaning for me, this one was very nuanced. I thank you too for the comments you made as they were also deeply connected.

  3. janet bradleyon 29 Jan 2014 at 1:06 am

    “We didn’t have to do something special to earn this privilege other than be born”

    This quote from Ivan is wonderful to think about. The idea that I can see the beautiful sunrise, the trees, the sky – experience it all just because I was born.

    My words that I will hold onto today are “experience it”

    Love and kind thoughts to all,


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