Standing again       within and among all things
Standing with each other
As sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons
Grandmothers and grandfathers—
the past and present generations of our people
Standing again       with and among all items of life
The land, rivers, the mountains, plants, animals
All life that is around us       that we are included with
Standing within the circle of the horizon
The day sky and the night sky, the sun, moon, the cycle of seasons
And the earth mother who sustains us
Standing again with all things
That have been in the past, that are in the present
And that will be in the future
Standing again, within, among all things
We ask in all sincerity, for hope, courage, peace
Strength, vision, unity, and continuance.

Zion by DLO- Simon J. Ortiz, Acoma

from Mid-America Prayer

photo by DLO

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