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Praying and praying and praying....

Friday, July 20, 2012


To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can't see, can't hear
Can't know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren't always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon, within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.

~ Joy Harjo ~
(How We Become Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001)

Oh that it will be done in beauty. Oh that it will be done in beauty. Oh that it will be done in beauty. Praying the in-breath, praying the out-breath. May my prayers be thus...Joy's poetry IS a prayer, as is her life.

I have been fed now. I can go on with the day.

I heard Native American poet Joy Harjo interviewed on NPR last week about her just-published memoir. I was mesmerized by her words, as I always am by her poetry. Here's a link to listen to the interview:

For another glimpse at Harjo's depth and beauty:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PEACEFULONE 7/27/2012 12:55PM

    Thank you Maha for adding so much beauty to my life. You have a gift for finding meaningful and truly beautiful poetry and images. Wishing you joy, blessings and answered prayers. Elaine

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WATERMELLEN 7/25/2012 7:10PM

    "We were never perfect." And: great to remember that, take that burden off our consciences!!

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DOKEYOKEY 7/21/2012 12:20PM

    My heart is opened by this poem!
Thank you for sharing!
I'm going to go wash the dishes and listen to the interview.
Namaste ~

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JESPAH 7/21/2012 11:31AM


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KALIGIRL 7/21/2012 9:20AM

    "Oh that it will be done in beauty. Oh that it will be done in beauty. Oh that it will be done in beauty."

A wonderful thought on such a sad day...

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GOANNA2 7/21/2012 7:09AM

    Absolutely beautiful Maha. Thank you so much. emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 7/20/2012 10:34PM

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/20/2012 9:41PM

    Wow! That was beautiful!

I love: "Like eagle rounding out the morning Inside us."


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_RAMONA 7/20/2012 5:27PM

    Praying and praying and praying... always, and in all ways... otherwise I'm just left with crazy... crazy brave is a more acurate reflection of my reality.

THANK YOU for sharing!

{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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CORNERKICK 7/20/2012 5:07PM

  Beautiful...Thanks for sharing!

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FARRAH511 7/20/2012 1:56PM


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DDOORN 7/20/2012 11:44AM

    Another gem...thx 'Maha for sharing more treasures from your trove of heart wisdom!


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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/20/2012 10:27AM

    Thanks for adding more magic to my morning:-)

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FIERCEONE4PEACE 7/20/2012 10:18AM

    I listened to that on NPR also! Loved it! Love THIS!

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GENKI_WARRIOR 7/20/2012 9:58AM

    What a prayer! Oh how I wish to truly live like that!

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BEARGODDESS 7/20/2012 9:41AM

    How beautiful! What a way to start the day with a beautiful Native American inspired poem/prayer/meditation. I was immediately taken back to a time a few years ago when I used to get up as the sun was rising, walk to the pond with my dog while it was still a little dark, and sit by the water to meditate as the sun rose. Twice when I went there, an amazing thing happened. A Bald Eagle was nesting there and as the sun rose, he (or she) flew over the pond and the rising sun hit the white feathers on him/her and set them ablaze with golden light! It was like a gift! And to have it happen TWO times made me feel so special!
I love this poet, Joy Harjo, and will get this book now. You bring me so many gifts Maha. Thank you!

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NATNOEL 7/20/2012 9:28AM

    Oh how beautiful....thank you for the links

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DAISY443 7/20/2012 9:06AM

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

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