A circle of grandmothers
gather on Sunday afternoons
in an old tin-roofed adobe.
We eat oranges, drink strong tea
step outside into a March wind.
Dust in our faces, tumble weeds
throw themselves against our legs
while we pray for rain
beg the ancestors to bring back
our water-honoring songs.
I am mixed blood Cherokee (tsalagi), Italian, Scottish writer. I have worked as a fish cutter, waitress, cook, truck farmer, teacher and councelor. I was born and raised on the east coast. I lived in rural Maine and Provincetown, MA before moving to Santa Fe 17 years ago. My poetry has been widely published in anthologies nationwide. I have published one full length book of poetry, Waiting for Rain, and am currently working on another book of poetry and a collection of short stories. I have been awarded a NM Discovery Award and a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.