Meditations + Verse

Ofrendas of prayer, poetry, song, or multimedia for healing, inspiration, interconnection, and celebration.

Prayer
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Prayer

“Mother, with your rebozo of cloud / wrapped around your shoulders in tatters, / hear me, my candles are lit.” Asking Mother Earth for forgiveness, poet Ruth Nakamura laments the harm humans have caused the planet.

Ruth Nakamura
Enraizada / Deeply Rooted: Ceremony and Song
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Enraizada / Deeply Rooted: Ceremony and Song

A grounding practice and ceremony of song from Xicana Indígena climate-justice organizer Niria Alicia. With audio.

Niria Alicia
La Llorona & Water Witness
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La Llorona & Water Witness

Poet Nadine Antoinette Maestas reimagines La Llorona as a protector of water, mourning the poisoning of rivers. Retablo by Rebecca Artemisa.

Nadine Antoinette Maestas
I Am Here Today
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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.

Salem Islas-Madlo
Earth/Side: for Gabriel
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Earth/Side: for Gabriel

Dar a luz—to give birth: A poet shares her experience and ceremony through verse.

Carmen Margarita Malis King
Amanece
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Amanece

A meditative poem celebrating the blessing of dawn.

Lemuel Isai Torres
My Mother, the Sculptor
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My Mother, the Sculptor

Poet Donato Martinez shares two poems about his Indigenous mother.

Donato Martinez
Being Mixed Race
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Being Mixed Race

How does it feel to not fit neatly into any one category? Poet and Musician DeAnna Avis shares her experience through verse.

DeAnna Avis
YOSOY
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YOSOY

SC Moreno-Denton shares a meditative poem for those who swim where identities converge.

Sergio C. Moreno-Denton
Divine Right
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Divine Right

Performance poet Xolayruca shares that healing intergenerational trauma requires self-love. Listen to her powerful testimonio in verse.

Xolayruca
Seed Memory
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Seed Memory

Art and verse that invites ancestral connection.

John Jairo Valencia
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