Category: Environment

BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA

BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA

The red man mines his life for irony
while the white man tears the earth for iron

But treaties protect the sacred stones
as long as rivers flow and grass grow
Paper covers rock
in the Black Hills of Dakota

Gold in the Black Hills, end of treaty
Scissors cut paper
in the Black Hills of Dakota

But sacred stones outlive them all
Rock breaks scissors
in the Black Hills of Dakota

I AM A PELICAN

I AM A PELICAN

I have flown over the dinosaurs dying
through the ash of the meteors crashing

I have swam in the ice floes melting
I have eaten the first fish walking

I have felt the poles a shifting
in the magnets in my head

I have seen the white man and the red
I have seen the old wives dead

I have felt the pull of the settlers need
and tasted the poisons of their greed

I have heard the earth a groaning
I have felt the earth in pain

I have seen the Rainbow Warriors
dance the vision back again

And I fly and swim and wait
and pray they’re not too late

DODO BIRD

DODO BIRD

The Dodo bird used to live on
Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean
just a little bit east of the African coast

Being too big and dumb
to move fast, hide well, or taste bad
the Dodo did not survive human contact

Shortly after the Dodo became extinct
all the large beautiful trees on the island
seemed to be heading for extinction as well

You see the trees dropped their nuts
and the Dodo bird ate those nuts
and they digested those nuts
and fertilized those nuts

And they dropped those nuts
and only then could they germinate
and grow into those big beautiful trees

And those trees were the only homes
for hundreds of kinds of birds and bugs
and moss and a thousand living things

The world is a grain of sand you know
and sometimes the whole world can depend
on the shit of a Dodo

THE OLD BLUE PLANET / BLUE ROAN

THE OLD BLUE PLANET / BLUE ROAN

She’s been rode hard
and not put away yet

She’s got a bad scraped hide
from a long rough ride

She’s been secticided and pesticided
and damned sure blind sided
with more spray and dip and hot feed
than any then could stand or need

So think about loosenin that cinch a bit
and givin her a good long rest
and a deep drink of that old cool water
from the spring she likes the best

And stop that “Greenhorn” spurrin
whatever else you do
or you’re gonna have a good horse
dead under you