Monday, May 27, 2013

Simon Ortiz: May 27, 1941

                 Earth Woman
                                                                                                                                 for Joy

                 This woman has been shaping
                 millions of years and still
                 her volcanoes erupt
                 with continuous mysteries.

                How gentle
                her movements, her hands,
                soft wind,
                warm rain,
                the moving pain
                of pleasure

                we share.

                -- Simon J. Ortiz --

I wonder about " How gentle/ her movements, her hands," though, when I consider volcanoes, which Ortiz mentions and earthquakes, which he doesn't.  Could he be speaking of a human woman also?
from Woven Stone


  1. Fred,

    The author does dedicate it "for Joy", so maybe's comparing her to the actions of the Earth? Just a guess.

  2. Cheryl,

    That could be. That last line "we share" suggests some sort of oneness.