“In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals; for Tuawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent Animals to tell man that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon, man should learn . .. for all things speak of Tuawa." -Chief Letakos-Lesa of the Pawnees Tribe to Natalie Curtis, circa 1904
― Ted Andrews, Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small
Through the mist, I see a shaman,
on a fencepost, point the way;
into the forest, I go, listening,
for all it has to say.
Wolf Spirit, Windigo, you sorrow
at the extinction of your clan,
the destruction of your habitat
by the tribe of man.
Once we lived and spoke together.
Once upon a time we knew
that everything was connected.
You were me, and I was you.
The animals are speaking.
If only we could hear
their cries of distress and hunger,
so heartbreaking, so near.
The forest is deep and dark
and there be spirits here.
When we listen to the creatures,
their message is so clear.
Their peril and ours is connected,
they most want us to know.
Owl, Oracle, Guardian,
protect me as I go.
For Play It Again, Toads. I chose Hannah Gosselin's Transforming Nature's Wonders, one of my very favourite prompts, back in the day!