Zuni

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

There is a place
on the high desert
where the sky
kneels down
and talks (with the people),

and where the blue mountains
pull them up to its heart—

where each one
has a place,
and no one
is left behind,

a place of little water,
where each cup
is drunk with gratitude—

and where children
on the school bus
stand and applaud
when the ditches
are running with water,

or when the mountain is white
in the morning
from last night’s
surprise spring snow.

Note: The Zuni people are a Pueblo Nation living in western New Mexico. This poem came from a story told by John Carter North at the Inscription Rock Trading Post poetry group meetings on Sunday morning.

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31 responses to “Zuni

  1. Very poignant; heart stimulating;

  2. victoriagauthierphotography

    Absolutely beautiful! A wonderful representation of the story behind it.

  3. Angela

    Beautiful! I just loved your first stanza, Ethel. “Where the sky kneels down” is just so graceful and elegant. It brings a bow of humility to the whole poem.

  4. oh wow..this is beautiful…
    where the sky
    kneels down
    and talks (with the people)… this is magical…the sky kneeling down, talking..yes…it seems it does at times.. but i wouldn’t have found the words to capture it…just awesome…

  5. Beautiful images through your words. Love it.
    Love David

  6. Beautiful, simple, poignant

  7. such a beautifully descriptive poem I see the landscape just beautiful.

  8. The sense of connectedness–heaven to earth, earth to people, people to water–is so palpable here. A beautiful meditation.

  9. So many blessed winter holidays did our family spend during the 80,s when the children were growing up, in this area of northern New Mexico. Connecting through joint affirmation of simple blessings–what better way to promote peace and goodwill?

  10. For a moment I was there. Thank you.

  11. Your poetry always transports me, Ethel, and this one did not disappoint! I especially love that image of the sky kneeling down and talking with the people. Very rich with atmosphere and “place”!

  12. If only that was a scene which – with slight variation, even – repeated across the world. We’d all be in a better place for it.

  13. Anna Mark

    “and where the blue mountains pull them up to its heart.” This phrase captures my imagination and wonder. It is a beautiful image.

  14. Truely beautiful.
    I was right there in that place

    David

  15. “where the sky kneels down” and “where the blue mountains pull them up to its heart”…just lovely, Ethel. Thank you.

  16. This beautiful poem is a reminder to savour the small (and free) pleasures that life has to offer and to appreciate community spirit

  17. So much in so few words, water, desert, children, mountains, snow…

  18. Well, this is another luminous image from you. I like the way it moves from that grand all-encompassing and timeless beginning to the specific detail of the children on the bus.

  19. Julie Catherine

    Oh, Ethel – this phrasing just took my breath away: “where the sky kneels down and talks (with the people), and where the blue mountains pull them up to its heart—”. This is absolutely exquisite; words of reverence that totally enthralled me. Your poem is beautiful, just beautiful. ~ Julie

  20. ManicDdaily

    Lovely. K.

  21. Ellie

    “and where children
    on the school bus
    stand and applaud
    when the ditches
    are running with water”

    what a simple, innocent, and beautiful image of gratitude. humans applauding nature. and the hope water brings for growth and new life. i love it.

  22. Career Partners International Buffalo | Niagara

    The simpler men live the more they appreciate the natural world that sustains them, with reverence for its fragil beauty and power. I agree with the above comment…the image of children applauding the sight of running water…as if it was all they desired. I love this. Ethel, each word so perfectly participating in the poetry of the whole.

  23. Oops! I just posted a comment while logged onto my company’s blog…Career Partners International Buffalo | Niagara…which is probably awaiting your moderation. Please know that it was made by me, bardessdmdenton! Sorry about that!

  24. “where the sky kneels down and talks (with the people), and where the blue mountains pull them up to its heart—”

    Now *that* is how the Presidential Primaries should be 😉

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