Pronouncement: An Invocation for the Standing Rock Benefit Concert, Mansfield, Ohio, December 9, 2016

Pronouncement

 

who speaks

who speaks

 

who speaks

who speaks

 

who speaks

who speaks

 

the hollow-cheeked mother of winter

is pulling her gray cloak across the sky

is pulling her white blanket across the ground

 

who speaks

who speaks

 

memories of the dead, the ones

who shaped families and lives

and hunted and farmed and worked

still linger in the still air

 

who speaks

who speaks

 

coyotes on a distant hill

snarl for scraps of power

until their masters in tall towers

blaze their shock collars

 

who speaks

who speaks

 

all the sad madmen rumble their trucks

hulking on the horizon—drill baby drill—

star-n-barring it from the land of kingdom went

to the door of the bulging bank

 

who speaks

who speaks

who speaks

 

We speak.

 

 

By Mark Sebastian Jordan