Thursday, September 22, 2016
“Cycles and Seasons”
By Toni Truesdale
The recurrence of the seasons continue to encircle our lives,
Just as it gave celebrations to our ancestors.
Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice,
Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice
Mark those passages in a yearly cycle all over the world.
We have learned to plant food and medicines
According to the agricultural calendar.
We dance in a circle to celebrate the planting,
Harvest, and the storing of food.
Buildings, monuments, and spiritual spaces have been built
To align with the celestial movements that determine
The four seasons at the point of each transition.
Corn to the Americas is a sacred staple,
Native farmers cultivated over 500 varieties before 1492.
Tomatoes, beans, potatoes,
Chocolate, chili, squash, peppers
Avocado, vanilla, cashews, blueberries..
Are just a few foods from indigenous gardens.
Foods of the Americas feed the world.
T. Truesdale copyright 2005