Monday, May 4, 2015

Anonymous: Untitled ["When the wind blows"]



















When the wind blows
        that is my medicine

When it rains
        that is my medicine

When it hails
        that is my medicine

When it becomes clear after a storm
        that is my medicine




Untitled ["When the wind blows"] by an anonymous source. Text as published in Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations from Around the World, edited by Maggie Oman (Conari Press, 2000).

Curator's note: Following Oman, the attribution is anonymous, but this might be a Blackfoot (American Indian) song. The stories behind it vary. For example, this eyewitness account presents it as a collection of four songs sung during a Blackfoot ceremony by "the Thunder Medicine Man" in the presence of James White Calf, in 1901. In this account it is described as the song of Holy Woman, granted in the medicine vision of a man named Wolf Collar, in 1870.  

Art credit: Untitled photograph of a storm clearing over a patch of beargrass in Glacier National Park, Montana (USA), the traditional homeland of the Blackfeet Indians. Photographer unknown.


3 comments :

  1. I am very comforted by these word. Thank you to whomever.

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    1. I'm glad the poem comforted you. You're welcome, on behalf of the unknown. Be well.

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  2. I am very comforted by these word. Thank you to whomever.

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