“Eagle Poem” by Joy Harjo – from In Mad Love and War, 1990

“Eagle Poem” by Joy Harjo – from In Mad Love and War, 1990

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Clearwater Beach, FL - July 2009.  Photo:  Rabbi Rosalind Glazer
Clearwater Beach, FL – July 2009. Photo: Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

To pray you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you

And know there is more

That you can’t see, can’t hear

Can’t know except in moments

Steadily growing, and in languages

That aren’t always sound but other

Circles of motion

Like eagle that Sunday morning

Over Salt River

Circled in blue sky

In wind, swept our hearts clean 

With sacred wings 

We see you, see ourselves and know

That we must take the utmost care

And kindness in all things

Breathe in, knowing we are made of

All this, and breathe, knowing

We are truly blessed because we

Were born, and die soon within a

True circle of motion

Like eagle rounding out the morning

Inside us

We pray that it will be done

In beauty

In beauty

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