A pledge of allegiance – a poem for September

This is one of my favorite Gary Snyder poems. And a much better pledge of allegiance than our current one. (FYI “Turtle Island” is a Native American term for North America.)

For All

Ah to be alive
on a mid-September morn
fording a stream
barefoot, pants rolled up,
holding boots, pack on,
sunshine, ice in the shallows,
northern rockies.

Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
cold nose dripping
singing inside
creek music, heart music,
smell of sun on gravel.

I pledge allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the soil
of Turtle Island,
and to the beings who thereon dwell
one ecosystem
in diversity
under the sun
With joyful interpenetration for all.

Poodle pix! Molly along the Clearwater River, Idaho.

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One response to “A pledge of allegiance – a poem for September

  1. Poodles paddling. Peppers pickling.
    September is the BEST!