Standing on the High Park Labyrinth in Toronto, the Labyrinth lit with candles celebrating hibernating bees, all of us shivering in the great shadow of our indigenous neighbours, we are taught Manitou au Ki (Great Spirit Find Me). And in the candle light I hear a raven, and I see it white–a true blending of the spirits that hover over this land. It is Winter Solstice, 2017.
MM 22: White Raven’s Shadow
Manitou au Ki
(Great Spirit Find Me)
Do I trust this daily flight
bit by bit filling my soul
dipped into the white raven’s shadow
(new Moon shadow, Solstice shadow)
dipped into this goblet of need.
I lift my hands to receive
the dipping feathers of celestial light
falling from the petal dropped trees.
I feel talons on my shoulder
a soft connect
(they do not break my skin).
White Raven has found me
my need for healing
the clamour of a sudden bell.
I lift this cloud of sage to the cloud of feathers
for yes they have found us.
In the midst of our wistful smiles
we are trembling with pleasure.
We begin to sing
though we speak not the same speech.
We intone together our Labyrinth prayer
interspecies peace: Manitou au Ki, Great Spirit Find Me.
by Lutia Lausane, copyright Just Peachy Productions, December 2017