To A Young Artist
by Freya Manfred
My poems are written by a spirit on a stone,
and there are many tellers, many stories, and many stones,
in honor of our braided paths and solitary ways.
Now, at sunset, I’m called to where water merges with land and sky,
where an eagle drops from a tall pine, dips her beak into darkening waves,
rises with a flapping silver fish, and flies away.
I wish you work that weaves a spell, and love,
and breath–uncounted, irretrievable, sacred breath,
flying from its cage of bones–eagle falling, fish-rising, free.
You can find this poem in Swimming With a Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle.