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Yup'ik RavenPoems by Maricia Skinna

Here are a selection of poems written by Maricia Skinna, originally from Mountain Village and now living in Klawock, Alaska.

Wiinga Naucetaaq

mind games

Alaska The Wild

ABCs of The Native Way

 

 

 

Alaska Revealed

Depending on how you see our great state of Alaska, she is revealed, no longer sealed.

Yet so much is hidden from view, out of sight, much against my delight.

I want to see all of Alaska in one swipe, but until then, I cannot gripe.

From the green ocean of the southeast to the violent seas of the north, life goes forth.

As I close my mortal eyes, my spirit freely soars above the demise.

Ride the waves, listen to the birds and whales sing their songs of plight with all their might.

People of every corner of Alaska, lift your drums and release your song, remain strong.

Boundaries divide, pipes slice and dice, spider webs cover her face, it is a race.

May the natural bounties continue to provide for our wants as we take, take, take.

Alaska the Great, she is mightily revealed, outputting untold freight.

If you dare to care, listen to the voices of the past, the Elders of today, we must obey.

Tomorrow is only a promise, for goodness sakes, as Alaska withholds great shakes.

She deserves respect and honor; her immense powers can only dare to blare.

Alaska revealed through the promising eyes of yesteryear, showed no fear.

Alaska revealed through the proud voices of today, continue, I pray.

Alaska revealed, tomorrow, without sorrow.

Maricia Skinna
May 6, 2008

 

 

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