Defenders of Wildlife

Yellow and Black

A Poem about a hike I took

Yellow and Black

AHO! Yellow color of growth, renewal
Yellow color of the south, warmth, peace
Yellow color of light, clear seeing
Black color of introspection, night, rest
Black is of the Thunder beings
Sudden flash, light all at once, yellow
Some creatures visit me on a hike
Ho! Black an yellow butterfly, Giant Swallow tail
I have never seen this one, mystery approaches
Ho! A little winged one comes to me, protecting nest
Its head black and yellow stripes
The wings and tail also, black and yellow
It sings a song to me, maybe a warning or invitation
They tell me a story, protect, that which you have
Protect all those that can not protect themselves
Along on the trail, another black and yellow
A long thin one with no legs but he sees me too
Coils in warning, unmoving protecting what belongs to its living soul
Rattles another warning, slowly I decide to go around this one.
Take a wide path, so I will not be stricken by the poison
I watch it, it watches me, even as I circle, ever going west
Color of black, color of yellow
Later I learn that this one is endangered
Direction of introspection, direction of the light,
Direction of seeing things clearly
As I leave more yellow and black Monarchs and Swallowtails
Much mystery remains, and I wonder
I am in awe of what I have seen and experienced this holy day
Lelah, Wakan Waste, Hechitu Hetchitu aloh, Mitakuye Oyasin

 

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