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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

 

 

 

 

Note: This poem, written in 2001, was published in the Sharing Our Pathways newsletter. It was also featured on an AFN wellness poster along with pictures of me and my maternal grandparents.

Asking Tomorrow
by Maricia (Skinna) Ahmasuk

The elderly, people of the past, bring anew something in me.

Often tears of mixed feelings come forth with the sight or even thought of these wise ones.

They possess something mysterious and rare with their strength one cannot find elsewhere.

Elders are steady, facing their daily struggles— steady like the rivers so swift!

The slightest movement of their hand spark the imagination of what was, what is, what if...

Men and women of old are humble as can be, yet their noble qualities speak through their sparkling eyes with their chins held high.

Careless worries and childish doubts dissipate almost instantaneously around the elderly, as their actions portray volumes of what actually counts us all as the beloved beings that we are.

Belonging to the past that created them, the elderly have a way of looking back without closing their eyes as they are somehow taken away from the present, momentarily.

When these delicate creatures are brought back Home we who are left behind are not really left alone, for these wondrous beings leave silently, yet not without an echo that rings true, filling the abyss of the soul with great signs and wonders.

Elders across the globe share a great commonality.

They take us to impossible places as if looking into the future, directing our paths somewhere to the past, where we each have a place.

Often we hear Elders say that the youth are the future . . . interesting, coming from ancient voices who open the doors to tomorrow by looking back.

What may we ask of tomorrow...today?

 

 

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