I stand in the tall grass looking up

Fallow stag and flies at dawn.

I stand in the tall grass looking up
and around me where I feel the presence
of great warriors and legends who have
marked this earth with their blood.

I stand before you with the awareness
that I am a part of this earth and a part of
all spirits and all people who have come before me.
I walk into their wisdom and accept their truth.

I stand tall and secure with all my compassion within
and with all that my heart gives back each day.
I take you with me and stand tall like the grass,
the trees, and the elk where I continue
to look up and out.

~Mary Lichtenfelt