The following was written out of respect for the Dine'h in their constant struggle for existence at Big Mountain. It is also as a result of the arrests by the Hopi police which happened today (and, of course, denied), and the news about others being concerned about their loss of water sources due to mining as reported in the mainstream media, but no mention of the water crisis at Big Mountain. I ask for prayers at least for all concerned. Calls would be much appreciated as well.


the poison spreads

the poison continues to spread
though it spreads slowly, quietly,
as the water disappears,
as Elders are arrested.
imagine that.
would anyone ever think
this would come to pass?

it spreads in many ways,
sinking in deep, creating its stronghold,
because total destruction is in its mind,
because it has the power
to close the eyes of others.
it clenches tightly, refusing to let go,
and it controls most all it wants.

it affects many in its wake,
not caring who or what is hurt
with the news that is spread,
with the news that addresses only the mainstream;
always forgetting,
ignoring those who are not.
so the outsiders know next to nothing.

this poison continues quietly,
constantly spreading its bile,
looking for its next victim,
looking to take a stronger hold,
who is next to control,
the next one to strangle.
the lies continue to be told.

no matter how many fall in its wake
there will be those who stand up,
refusing to be taken in by this evil,
refusing to be silent
as this monster wants.
these are the ones the poison fears,
and works long to silence.

its work will never be completed.
neither will be that of the few,
standing up to halt the spread of this poison,
standing together with the People
so long ignored by the outside world.
but the mainstream ignores what is sacred,
allowing the poison to cloud their minds.

the mainstream news will continue in the outside world
as well as its neglect of those who do not matter,
according to the mainstream view anyway,
according to the needs of this poison.
but they DO matter,
so those who support them will continue to fight for what is right,
and their prayers will be ever present until the poison is stopped.

the wolf is my messenger

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