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Taylor, Bruce (ed.) / Wisconsin poetry (special issue)
volume 79, No. 2

Whitman, Roberta H.
"This gift," "Continuance," "Beginning the year at Rosebud, S.D.," "Midwinter stars," "Lynn Point Trail," "In the longhouse, Oneida museum," and "A nation wrapped in stone",   pp. 261-269 PDF (1.5 MB)


Page 261

Roberta Hill Whitman
This Gift
Within me
wind skims the leaves of sagebrush
under a hot wide sky.
I am more than horse, rider,
hawk, earth and air.
What shapes me, shapes you.
I contain orenda
flaring everywhere you look.
The thick pulse of a spring night.
The quick kiss of a winter daybreak.
Within me
chimeras of smoke leap the ridges
of burning logs.
Within me
the hummingbird's blessing
and the grizzly's wisdom
take root and intertwine
in the cliffs of your spirit.
Such moments when beauty
has seized you, think of me.
I am a persona, the mask
beneath each mask,
the always arriving surf,
the shadow singing toward sunlight,
the stone blossoming in mid-air.
Within me
the full moon climbs the mountains
of your homeland.
for Ernie, Christmas, 1987
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