Nagoya Writes

February 9, 2008

Native American wisdom about nature modified… by Takashi Wakui

Filed under: Issue: 2001,Poetry,Wakui — usbengoshi @ 6:39 pm

The roots of all living things are tied together.
When a mighty tree is felled a star falls from the sky.
Meteor showers occur when clearcutting is done.

The stars are tied to trees through our minds.
If our minds disappear,
the stars and the trees might also disappear.

For all living things are tied together
deep down at their roots.

The stars are tied to the trees through money.
This piece of mahogany may be worth a few thousand dollars.
And so is that star one degree south of beta Gemini.
Sell one and get the other.
(But get the chief’s permission before you fell the tree.)

Money is tied to our minds.
If no one wants it,
it’s but a piece of paper
good only for kindling.

Who said the moon is dead?
Pioneers have driven stakes in the sand.
Precious metal may lie under the small patch
that you can get for close to nothing.
Don’t worry about the natives,
Because you won’t find them.

Nature includes living things as well as the dead.
They are all connected, breathing in and out
of the cycle of all things in the universe.
When the trees are felled, meteors fall.
When money is burnt, the ice will melt
and submerge the prosperous cities under water.

For all living things are tied together
deep down at their roots.

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