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I Am Here Today

Poet Salem Islas-Madlo claims her power as the embodiment of the sacred directions, the elements, and other life on earth. With audio.

I Am Here Today

Poet Salem Islas-Madlo claims her power as the embodiment of the sacred directions, the elements, and other life on earth. With audio.

I Am Here Today

[English]


I am here today

from all four sacred directions 

as the song and heartbeat

of my ancestral lineage 

a legacy of the sun, moon and stars


I am here today 

as the serpent of rebirth 

the jaguar of discernment 

the hummingbird sparkle of joy

the condor of true liberation 


I am here today

as Earth, home of all my relations

as Water, the source of all life

as Air, the breath of all life

as Fire, the spirit of all life


I am here today 

shedding the yoke of oppression 

walking pathways within pathways 

dancing beginnings within beginnings 

allowing endings within endings 


~ an infinite deep wild essence

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[Español]

Hoy estoy aquí

desde las cuatro direcciones sagradas 

como el canto y el latido 

de mi linaje ancestral 

un legado del sol, la luna y las estrellas


Hoy estoy aquí 

como la serpiente del renacimiento 

el jaguar del discernimiento 

el colibrí destello de gozo

el cóndor de la liberación verdadera 


Hoy estoy aquí

como Tierra, hogar de todas mis relaciones

como Agua, la fuente de toda vida

como Aire, el aliento de toda vida

como Fuego, el espíritu de toda vida


Hoy estoy aquí 

despojándome del yugo de la opresión 

caminando senderos en los senderos

bailando comienzos en los comienzos

permitiendo finales en los finales 


~ una infinita y profunda esencia salvaje

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The photo was taken from the viewing point of Santa Lucia Utalan, Solola, Guatamaya, in February 2020. It overlooks Lake Atitlan, down into the village of San Pedro La Laguna, Guatamaya. I went there to study and learn from Mayan elders during the time of Wayeb, a time out of time, which is a period of five days in which to reflect about the previous year as well as to prepare physically, mentally, and spiritually to receive the energies of the new year according to the cosmovision of the Mayans. I chose this photo because it is during a season when I was reclaiming my deep wild nature back into a celebration of life and beauty. Credit: Salem Islas-Madlo.

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The photo was taken from the viewing point of Santa Lucia Utalan, Solola, Guatamaya, in February 2020. It overlooks Lake Atitlan, down into the village of San Pedro La Laguna, Guatamaya. I went there to study and learn from Mayan elders during the time of Wayeb, a time out of time, which is a period of five days in which to reflect about the previous year as well as to prepare physically, mentally, and spiritually to receive the energies of the new year according to the cosmovision of the Mayans. I chose this photo because it is during a season when I was reclaiming my deep wild nature back into a celebration of life and beauty. Credit: Salem Islas-Madlo.

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The photo was taken from the viewing point of Santa Lucia Utalan, Solola, Guatamaya, in February 2020. It overlooks Lake Atitlan, down into the village of San Pedro La Laguna, Guatamaya. I went there to study and learn from Mayan elders during the time of Wayeb, a time out of time, which is a period of five days in which to reflect about the previous year as well as to prepare physically, mentally, and spiritually to receive the energies of the new year according to the cosmovision of the Mayans. I chose this photo because it is during a season when I was reclaiming my deep wild nature back into a celebration of life and beauty. Credit: Salem Islas-Madlo.

Poem by Salem Islas-Madlo

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