This week’s poem is by Joy Harjo. I chose it because I’ve been thinking about the interconnectedness of everything. As I do my work as a writer and coach, I am constantly asking myself who my work benefits. Does it elevate me or others as well? And what is the earthly cost of doing my work? While I want to have an impact—and know that it’s impossible to completely avoid doing harm—I want to be sure that I’m giving back more than I’m taking.
So, what helps you remember that you’re connected to everything?
Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star's stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother's, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.