Earth, our mother

Earth, our mother, 
breathe forth life
all night sleeping
now awaking
in the east
now see the dawn

Earth our mother,
breathe and waken
leaves are stirring
all things moving
new day coming
life renewing

Eagle soaring, see the morning
see the new mysterious morning
something marvelous and sacred
though it happens every day
Dawn the child of God and Darkness.

-- Pawnee Prayer, quoted in Monica Furlong's book, Women Pray


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