What the Ancestors Want Us To See

Night sky background. Moon and the planets Venus and Mars, which look like points of light – stars, form a triangle in the upper right-hand corner of the painting. In the rest of the painting dots of white create a sacred heart. Dots of green, red, blue and yellow outline the shapes of flames coming out of the heart. A dusting of paint inside each flame helps the clarify the design of stars creating the shape of a heart on fire in the night sky.

“What the Ancestors Want Us To See”

If we could remember from before
_________our first baby breath or
_________our first love-seeking scream
We could remember all the ways love
Permeates the atmosphere
______________________________Flooding through the silence

____________________A gift in every second

“Time – what a funny concept”
The ancestors whisper
So much effort and energy placed
________in the pursuit of
_____________________________________seconds, minutes, years

Time births us in and out of life
Time does not gift love

When I allow myself to be contained inside the infinite night sky
I connect
When shrubby desert trees offer my body solitude and security
I connect
When my face is buried in cat’s soft fur
I connect
When her eyes flash sideways to mine and we burst into laughter
I connect

No guarantee of time
Longing does not create more

Luckily, the ancestors leave tokens
_________like a scavenger hunt of ever expanding possibilities
We only need to notice

and connect

______to ourselves,
______to each other
______to the dirt – life blooming everywhere





© 2015 Naomi Ortiz

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