Spirit Walker - June 2015


Rain has returned this spring to New Mexico, Nancy's home for 30 years.


Spirit Walker, title poem from Spirit Walker, 1993, by Nancy Wood


Spirit Walker, with long legs poking out of rain clouds

Along the mesa tops,

Listen to our prayers for understanding.

Spirit Walker with strong arms embracing the wounded Earth,

We ask forgiveness for our greed.

Spirit Walker, with footsteps echoing like promises

Across the aching land,

Give Fire and Ice to purify us.

Spirit Walker, with tears that fall as Snow and Rain,

Heal our forests and our rivers,

Our homes and the hearts of all creatures.

Spirit Walker, heed the cry of every living thing

And bathe the Earth with harmony.


Solitude - March 2015


This poem reminded Nancy's daughter Kate of the solitude Nancy needed to write her books.


Solitude, from Spirit Walker, 1993, by Nancy Wood


Do not be afraid to embrace the arms

of loneliness.

Do not be concerned with the thorns

of solitude.

Why worry that you will miss something?


Learn to be at home with yourself

without a hand to hold.

Learn to endure isolation

with only the stars for friends.



comes from understanding unity.


arrives on the footprints of your fear.


arises from the ashes of despair.


brings the clarity of still waters.


completes the circle of your dreams.


Ten Million Stars - December 2014


Ten Million Stars, from Spirit Walker, Doubleday, 1993, by Nancy Wood


Inside each raindrop swims the sun.

Inside each flower breathes the moon.

Inside me dwell ten million stars,

One for each of my ancestors:

The elk, the raven, the mouse, the man,

The flower; the coyote, the lion, the fish.

Ten million different stars am I,

But only one spirit, connecting all.


A woman's Lesson - May 2014


This poem was chosen by India Wood, Nancy's daughter, in honor of Mother's Day.


A Woman's Lesson, from Spirit Walker, 1993, by Nancy Wood


A woman's lesson is a simple lesson:
Whatever life asks, answer with love.


A woman's lesson is a wise lesson:
Whenever conflict threatens, go forth in harmony.


A woman's lesson is an enduring lesson:
Whatever is taken from you, give back in generosity.


A woman's lesson is a gradual lesson:
Whenever there is a storm, remain a calm center.


A woman's lesson is a courageous lesson:
Whenever there is despair, sow the seed of hope.


A woman’s lesson is a practical lesson:
Wherever there is dryness, go and get the rain.

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