By Marike Stucky
In the beginning, little ones,
Sky Woman dreamt of white blossoms plucked by darkness.
She was ripe with child and
The Tree of Life ripped from the threshold
between water and sky,
a cavernous void.
Delicate fingers clutched at earth, at seedlings
She tumbled into the abyss, hair streaming behind; black river.
Creatures of flight
cradled the poor girl in their great wings
laid her gently upon the shell of Grandmother Turtle
black river kissing the mosaic clean.
Among the animals, only Muskrat could dive so deep
(the others settling in caskets of water, absent of light)
to collect the earth that would allow the world’s first heartbeat to beat.
A soaked paw grasping at human life.
Ripe to bursting
Sky Woman gave birth
a new daughter
and West Wind descended as an arrow shot from a bow and
plucked the white blossom from Sky Woman’s new daughter.
Seedlings grow, seedlings grow
You hold power in those hands, my little ones.