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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

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The mind of a child takes you places into the here and now, far from where you are.

Watch their minds bend immeasurable angles around something seemingly simple.

All of a sudden things minute become grand and take a stand.

Swirling thoughts at great speed, emotions so high, the soul beings to fly.

They may not know it, they may not show it, but a child has a power so sly.

The mind of a child resides in us all, until we take a deep fall.

Even though we are tall, we act as if we are small, full of moans and groans.

After all, what adventure is a mind without its pitfalls?

Do we spend our lives trying to find the person who left us far behind?

Solving the hidden meanings of our mind, we take it to the grind.

As simple, yet complex as the human mind is in its stages, it absolutely rages.

A great storm throws meaning out, there is no doubt.

What else is there to do besides cry out and shout?

Break the mind dulling tendency to pout.

That’s not what it’s all about.

Turn it all around, let joy abound, not allowing to go aground.

Imagine who it is you are above the par, way above the mar.

Ignore the scar; it is far from who you are.

Go ahead, mind, unleash and play young games of old, you will not fold.

Endless stories untold, you must be bold, reaching for the gold.

Eventually the body gives way, but the mind does not have to pay, I pray.

Feed the mind of a child who walks in stride, letting go of pride on a magic ride.

Take it in, feel it real, begin to grin.

Fly free, the mind without bind, the eyes can be blind, just never mind.

Be a follower of the mind of a child, not a wallower of the shallower.

Contently listen intently to the child echoing true blue, know who? You, you, you.

 

 

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