Shapeshifting by Kate Curtis

It’s an honour to share here one of Kate Curtis’ poems.

Kate is one of our facilitators. You can read her profile here.

Shapeshifting by Kate Curtis

Now I am dancing-

here is colibri,

here is butterfly,

here is tree.

Inside my body I discover

snake and whale,

hips which spiral,

fins and tail.

Some of us remember

especially when we drum,

and these memories fuel the mission

to plant for those to come.

The Earth she cries for greening

her people hear her call,

her creatures are inside us,

we must not let them fall.

They will show us when to listen,

They will show us where to work,

So many fronts are open

for us to heal this hurt.

I can feel them all awaken,

as my ancestors come forth,

weaving stories inside stories

from long before my birth.

There is much that calls for grieving,

there is much that calls for song,

many struggle to keep breathing,

many species that have gone.

As we continue with the drama

and the fighting in our minds,

while our heart just calls for loving peace

amongst the different tribes.

There are wars outside in deserts,

there are wars inside our heads,

and the rivers weeping silently

urge us, please, not to forget.

Yet the answers remain simple:

to return to love and breath,

to remember we are everything

and that nothing ends with death…

Let all life live inside me,

the shadow and the light.

May all I touch be sacred,

may my songs we clear and bright.

there is much that calls for song,

many struggle to keep breathing,

many species that have gone.

As we continue with the drama

and the fighting in our minds,

while our heart just calls for loving peace

amongst the different tribes.

There are wars outside in deserts,

there are wars inside our heads,

and the rivers weeping silently

urge us, please, not to forget.

Yet the answers remain simple:

to return to love and breath,

to remember we are everything

and that nothing ends with death…

Let all life live inside me,

the shadow and the light.

May all I touch be sacred,

may my songs be clear and bright.

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