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Hopi Literature
Navajo Literature
Papago Literature
Yaqui Literature
Native American Literature: Other Sources


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From This World

Geri Felix

from this world you walk to the east 
                      where the sun rises and there is new life

              no one speaks your name until one year has passed

          my elders tell me not to forget you 
                             i never will 
                         i hear you in the distant night's wind

          i see you in my dreams
                    i know you are always with me
                                     and i am not afraid

it is said the journey to the sky world is a hard one
                               and there is work to be done

           in one year's time your tracks on this world
must be covered
                              memories cling and pictures fade

                                    no sign of you is left
     one year has gone by quickly
              i still feel your presence near
                           once again you must leave us
                              to start your long, long climb

tears swell my vision
               my throat is coarse and dry
                       i can hardly speak
                               i hate to say -- good-bye
          i am told not to cry
                    my tears blow out your candle
                             tired you stop your climb
my tears no longer sad ones
                  as i realize
                        you are always with me
                                    and i am not afraid.

Geri Felix. "From This World" from Sun Tracks Five (1979). Copyright ©1979 by Geri Felix. Reprinted by permission of the author.

As printed in Larry Evers, ed. The South Corner of Time. Tucson, Ariz.: The University of Arizona Press, ©1980, p. 185.
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