From War Cry on a Prayer Feather, 1979, by Nancy Wood
Who speaks for animals who cannot talk?
Who sees for flowers which are blind?
Who guards the river which has but one course?
Who represents the mountain in time?
Who comes here to argue for the life of beavers?
Who will tell of the importance of snails?
Who has seen the mantis shed his skin?
Who believes in butterfly wings?
I am nature’s advocate
Ten million birds
Ten million trees
Ten million animals
Ten million fish
I will fight you in this room
And out of it.
I will dare you to define
On the face of a dime.