Limited-edition sets of Nancy’s poetry books

Six poetry books in the set

The Nancy Wood Literary Trust is selling eight sets from her original publisher boxes of Hollering Sun, Many Winters, Spirit Walker, Dancing Moons, Shaman’s Circle, and Sacred Fire. These are the last books we have. The sales will help fund the publication of a book of Nancy’s selected poetry. Includes letter of provenance from the trust. If interested please email Info@NancyWood.com.

Spirit Brothers – July 2021

From Dancing Moons, 1995, by Nancy Wood

Spirit Brothers

 

We are all one.

The human and the hummingbird

The wild horse and the weasel

The house cat and the red-tailed hawk

The buffalo and the dog

The coyote and the cottontail.

The human spirit and the animal spirit

Grow from a common root

of understanding.

Human dreams and animal dreams

Share the limitless horizon

of our precious mother earth.

The human spirit and the animal spirit

Join where the circle of the sky

meets the circle of the earth.

In this sacred space lies the meaning of the universe.

The meaning of the universe is nothing more

than the appearance of dew on a leaf or

the dance of light on water, even

the conversation between two dogs or

the way a hummingbird flies.

Three Sisters – June 2021

from Spirit Walker, 1993, by Nancy Wood

Three Sisters

 

We are the Three Sisters of Fire and Earth and Water.

Without us, nothing lives or grows.

 

We are the Three Daughters of Sun and Moon and Stars.

Without us, no path exists through the universe.

 

We are the Three Wives of Birds and Trees and Animals.

Without us, there would be no wings or roots or bones.

 

We are the Three Mothers of Clouds and Wind and Rain.

Without us, our children would go hungry.

 

We are the Three Friends of Beauty.

Without us, flowers would look like stones.

 

We are the Three Grandmothers of Wisdom.

Without us, men would only speak of war.

 

We are the Three Aunts of Endurance.

Without us, what would survive?

The Story of a Flower – May 2021

From Spirit Walker, 1993, by Nancy Wood

The Story of a Flower

 

In the season of wild strawberries

I came from the earth as a flower

High on a hill above my village, with only

The Eagle, the Buffalo, the Bear and the Butterfly

To watch the petals of my spirit unfold.

 

The Eagle spoke first. He said:

Sister; you will never have wings like me,

Except in the pathways of your dreams,

Yet you will fly to the top of the sky

Because I give you the Gift of Courage.

 

The Buffalo spoke next. He said:

Sister; you will never survive a long time like me,

Except on the trail of your memories,

Yet you will see a thousand winters go by

Because I give you the Gift of Endurance.

 

The Bear spoke next. He said:

Sister; you will never know the secrets

Of the Four-Legged Animals, since you are only a flower,

Yet the knowledge of all creatures is yours

Because I give you the Gift of Wisdom.

 

The Butterfly spoke next. She said:

Sister, you believe you are very important,

Because the creatures have given their gifts to you,

Yet here on this hill you will always be at home

Because I give you the Gift of Humility.

 

So I have lived for many seasons,

Among the Eagle, the Buffalo, the Bear and the Butterfly,

Watching the birds go by, speaking to rain and sky.

My colors have been the colors of the rainbow.

My beauty has given joy to all who see me.

 

To bloom even when there is no rain

Requires the Courage of the Eagle.

To last through the heavy snows of winter

Requires the Endurance of the Buffalo.

To understand the importance of all seasons

Requires the Wisdom of the Bear.

But to rejoice when my blossoms die

Requires only the Butterfly’s Humility.