Most mornings I go out
To greet the directions.
In the South is the personification of Unity - Nakia.
He's a rainbow serpent with eyes the colour of the sky.
He's fun, and knows many things about life, sadness and growth.
In the West is a golden bear - Eo'to'to,
She shines with the setting sun
And the beauty of letting go.
In the North is an enormous buffalo - Tuma.
Sparks fly from his fur as he demands
I stand in what I believe and feel.
In the East is a Golden Eagle - Esau.
Who sings of unfettered vision
And the fresh winds up high.
Then I greet Mother Earth, Father Sky
Every living thing, and the flame that lives within.
Society clamours at me:
What is this?
Is this real or imaginary?
Well, I have done this enough times now to know that
Life has many more sides than that question allows.
And what I can tell you is that there have been times
When all of them have held me.
And that to dance with them
Is beyond worlds.
Steven Dances the Dream