Greet the Day – a poem by Emily Strauss

Greet the Day

Greet the sun

ya-hai-wa
ah-how-wi

face the sun
as it tops the ridge
speak to it

ya-hai-wa
ah-how-wi

say its name
invoke its light
its power
the rays pouring
on your bare head

ya-hai-wa
ah-how-wi

make a chant
a song
bring in the day
the long dawn
turning brighter
over sand or snow

ya-hai-wa
ah-how-wi

over a still lake
saguaro-filled arroyo
down to the salt flats
rounded alfalfa fields
sleeping ranches

ya-hai-wa
ah-how-wi

praise the silent forms
cattle, coyote, deer
brother, sister, setting moon
greet the day

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Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry, which she has written since college. Over 500 of her poems appear in a wide variety of online venues and in anthologies, in the U.S. and abroad. She is a Best of the Net and twice a Pushcart nominee. She is interested in the American West and the narratives of people and places around her. She is a retired teacher living in Oregon.

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