OCETI SAKOWIN

waterstandingrockBy Ric Hudgens

I return
to an unreal world.

Nothing seems true here.

At Oceti Sakowin
we lived outside
in the cold air
under the warm sun
as humus beings
waking from a dream.

Why are we so afraid
of the real world?

I once heard a scholar say
a non-indigenous civilization
is unsustainable.
An Inuit woman told him
their art takes something real
and makes it more real.

This Dakota pipeline
a conjured serpent
may kill us all.

Water is life.

Our resistance is art.

Tell the earth you are awake now.
Listen for your God.
Let your soul speak again.
Sign your name in big letters
so we can find you.

There’s still time
to make the real more real.

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