White Buffalo Woman: Walking the Path
Pictured: White Buffalo Calf Woman
For Native American Heritage Month (NAHM), the following is inspired by "Goddess Meditations," by Barbara Ardinger
A day of Mourning can be
Transformed as I walk through
My life path, more uncluttered.
White Buffalo Woman appears,
Her hand is both smooth as a
Young woman's; as creased by
Wisdom's mark on the endless
Life well-lived, draws a smooth
Circle into the forest floor.
The earth parts easily under
Her slight pressure, sighs and
Holds willingly the four crystals
Set within: the main checkpoints
Of Four Corners in my life path.
Yesterday, I joined in giving thanks
Followed the oft--traded history
Admittedly, forgetting my
Brothers & sisters here before
What else can I learn from the
Greatest Stewards on this earth?
How history has perspectives?
That it is never too late to learn?
Every mistake is an opportunity
To learn, grow, strengthen my
Life path, a chance to use obstacles
As opportunities to move forward
Sweeping, clearing my forest floor
Stopping, inhaling Her sweet air.
White Buffalo Woman in repose
Both Timeless and Present Time
Points to my anger on the path
Points to my compassion too
Points to me, Warrior Goddess.
Watch me emerge, walk my circle
My Wheel of Life turning beneath
Feet ever-assured, more nimble
Pausing, checking, reading the
Forest around me, returning to
Center: I launch, fly above myself
An overview, a new perspective
Mistakes as chances, as space
Makers, for compassion to grow.
© Isabel Alvear, November 2020