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To All Who Surround Me

To All Who Surround Me


Watching the yellow tree lean

toward the green tree next to it

I jerk to a stop.

My grandmother almost falls.

“Sh, sh, sh” she coos.

“Careful with your eyes.

See with your nose and feet,

Your ears and skin.”

“I’m scared,” I cry.

“It’s too much.

So much color and sound,

It’s coming too fast.”

“Sit down now.

Silence, hold your palms out.

Take it all in.

Wait for a message.”

Long time ago

I remember this

When too much was new

Too much came at me.

Some nights,

The fears rush in

I sit on the floor

My palms lifting up.

It never fails

I sit and wait

Silent and still.

Letting it in.

My tears fall

A prayer in itself

Saying “thank you”

To all who surround me.

All is sacred.

All our relatives.

All with a message.

All in beauty.

Image above (and on front-page mastheads): “Mountains To Climb” by Sherry Byrd.

Words above: Praying in Silence, by Katy Yazee (April 2012) a member of Spirit Journey Youth: an Episcopal Native American youth group in Northern Arizona. You can see some videos from Spirit Journey Youth here.


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