Carol A. Hand
Suddenly the sky fills with dark clouds,
Lightning flashes and thunder rumbles,
Echoing from the hill to the west, intensifying its power.
Heavy rain begins to fall, buffeted by the wind.
I offer tobacco with a prayer,
“Please spare us all from harm.”
Suddenly I am one with the storm raging overhead
I can feel its energy coursing through my body
My heart is aglow and I feel the warmth
Of healing energy flowing from my hands.
I send out love to all those who are suffering,
And to those who cause others to suffer.
“May we learn to live in peace with each other
And in balance with the earth we all share.”
The storm quickly passes,
The sky clears and the wind calms,
Leaving only rain-soaked gardens in its wake.
I offer tobacco again, “Chi miigwetch.”
I wonder, “Is this the key for surviving other storms?”
Photo: June 29, 2015