I AM I am the universe The universe is me I am the future The future is me I am the present The present is me I am the past The past is me I am the blood The blood is me I end the feud The feud ends with me I am the music The music is me I am the ancient ones The ancient ones are me See the sun See the moon See the stars I am them They are me Hear the river It is me Feel the wind It breaths the ancestors The ancestors are me I sing the words My blood knows the lyrics and the rhythm I am the universe The universe is me
A THOUSAND MORE I was born the way I was born And I was born the way I was born I will celebrate that And I celebrate that I’ve lived a hundred lives I will live a thousand more I know you now And I will know you then New York to Canada to L.A. We found each other along the way New York to Canada to East L.A And we’ll find each other again My brother My sister I know your face I feel your presence You are in my waking dreams If we haven’t met now I will meet you then I was born the way I was born And I was born the way I was born I will celebrate that And I celebrate that I’ve lived a hundred lives I will live a thousand more The hardship The love The laughing The time spent thinking Life, it could have been more It could have been more When it came time to leave our lands It wasn’t the first time and it wouldn’t be the last The Earth knows where we have been And our travels can make amends To keep standing and not fall I was born the way I was born And I was born the way I was born I will celebrate that And I celebrate that I’ve lived a hundred lives I will live a thousand more
THE TIME He is sleeping (He is sleeping) Don’t wake him up (Don’t wake him up) He tells me about his dreams About the woman he has seen And the mountain that he has climbed And the stream that he has crossed If I wake him (If I wake him) Then the story will be lost He is sleeping I won’t wake him up But when night falls And the stars are in the sky Will I be in his memory To be dreamt of while he rests In my heart I do no different In my thoughts I keep him alive And the sleep that he enjoys now Will not always be He is sleeping (He is sleeping) Don’t wake him up But if my time has come to join him Will he welcome me in peace I have woke him I have woke him Not intending to be unfair But he felt my cry for help And I thanked him just by being there
WOMANKIND Am I closer to humanity? I bleed. Do I feel a little more? I bleed. Are my thoughts within the universe? Will I see you, sense you because I give? My blood leaves my body Spills out into the world Because I know the pain, the lust, the urges More than man can even know or that he can ever, ever, ever experience. I bleed. My heart is tied to my gut. I bleed. I feel the earth within my being. I bleed. It returns to me two-fold. Only now do I see How it is that woman lives A conduit for life The platform for those who breath. I bleed. For you, for me, for those who have died. My pain, my pleasure, my sorrow is a sign for all. I bleed.
PLANTED I am not politically correct I stand with my feet planted in the earth The water of a cold stream rushing past my knees, up to my hips that I birthed this Nation from Between the ancestral mountain and the mighty ocean Beneath the greatness of thunder sky And the brightness of the Fire King The power of the luminaries Calling out to the ancestors The Creator of the Universe How shall this day end And that the night brings light for my path into tomorrow And the day brings darkness Hiding the true story of the People
TALKING STICK We say our piece and I speak my truth Let go and release, yield to yourself and to others Our essence is passed between the walls of our life force Change and metamorphosis for all Telling stories and writing the future Bringing life and vision My heart burns with your meraki Knowing I am forever new I accept the talking stick from you Please accept my message and welcome my thoughts As I do Hear what the grand council has to say They plan and strategize for the nations and the small The mighty look to what is not shiny for the answers Do you answer the call Stand up and take the talking stick Say your piece Bring your vision to the council and wear the belt of peace We create and bring life to all that is new Bringing energy and humble words Laced with precision and sharp Cutting through layers of old to reveal what is beneath Shaping lives and what will soon be here Opening to the very center and revealing a benevolent outcome We say our piece and I speak my truth I yield