A sage tie, with spiritual significance,
hangs at the camp
Andrew Cullen/Reuters photo
with the brave warriors of Standing Rock,
who are defending the land
and the waters.
It is time
to take a stand,
draw a line in the sand:
too much destruction,
as the wounds of Mother Earth
sorrow across the land.
The oil gods are ruthless.
They rip through sacred burial grounds
without a care,
imperil the clean, living waters
that sustain the people of the earth,
in endless quest for More and More
of the Money God that rules
Soon water will cost more than oil,
for its scarcity.
The once-abundant freshwater
lakes and rivers are dying,
one by one.
Yes, "Money Rules,"
but "The Spirit Liberates",
and so the warrior spirit rises,
in defense of Mother Earth
on the Sioux Reservation,
where last stands
have been made before.
Ah ho, warrior brothers and sisters.
I stand with you
in protection of your ancestors' graves,
and the living waters,
I hear you as you
make your stand.
"Send your dogs and thugs and pepper spray.
To help the waters live,
we will stand fast.
In the footsteps of our ancestors,
in the tribal territory of a thousand generations,
it is always a good day to die."
photo by Jean Roach, Lakota
offered for Isadora's prompt at Real Toads: Fire From a Different Sun: to write about another kind of fire. In this case, the spirit within, the rising of a people, in response to the ruthless ways of the money-mongers on sacred land.