From Sacred Fire, 1998, by Nancy Wood
Seekers of unearned wisdom,
inhabitants of the original emptiness,
what are you doing among our people,
trying to discover our secrets of tranquility?
You who want everything fast,
you don’t have time to wait for
eggs to hatch. Sunsets take a long time
to appreciate; so do migrating geese, or
the way a leaf unfolds. Sit quietly
on a rock and feel the pulse
of Creation. Take the temperature of Earth
By placing your fingers inside her sacred body.
Let us bless you with the Circle of Life
and teach you how to sit still while moving.
You won’t last long unless you forget
is the importance of your time.