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Emergence (excerpt)

Joy Harjo

A human mind is small when thinking
of small things.
It is large when embracing the maker
of walking, thinking and flying.
If I can locate the sense beyond desire,
I will not eat or drink
until I stagger into the earth
with grief.
I will locate the point of dawning
and awaken
with the longest day in the world.

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"Emergence" (excerpt) from Map to the Next World by Joy Harjo. Copyright © 2000. Reprinted by permission of W.W. Norton & Co. Inc.

 

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