Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pequot Song of an Initiate

photo © Mark Butkus 2009
A blue sky silence.

Climbed the blue staircase up to the sky
Climbed to where the roses were blossoming
    Where the roses were talking

Heard nothing
There was nothing to hear
    I heard the silence

I climbed the roses that were singing
Where the gods were waiting
    On the blue staircase up in the sky

But I heard nothing
There was nothing to hear
    I heard  s i l e n c e


— Unknown


The legend poem, Song of an Initiate is said to have originated with the Pequot in what is now Connecticut. As we sometimes do, the Bar None Group features a poem or a legend from our First Nations when the seasons change. It is a reminder that poetry in its many forms has long existed on this continent through our Native American forefathers.