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Agnes Tso
(Navajo)

"Male Rain, Female Rain, Awakening"
1975

 
male rain

He comes
    riding on the wind
      kicking up dust
        bending the trees
          blowing flakes of rain
He flees past my window
    to a distant rumble

In-laws beware of him
who mocks the braves
as his features are majestic illusions
his knife the cutting cold
and his soul a drifter

female rain

she pregnant with rain
comes
quite
    softly
      and gently
in the night

At dawn she gives birth
    to little droplets of rain
      and for days on end

awakening

male rain has come and gone
female rain is fading in the distance
father sun is here
and mother earth is awakening

1975 by Agnes Tso
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