National Poetry Month: April 16th

April 16, 2013

Everything the Power of the World Does is Done in a Circle by Black Elk

Everything the Power of the World does
is done in a circle. The sky is round,
and I have heard that the earth is round
like a ball, and so are all the stars.
The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in circles,
for theirs is the same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth and goes down again
in a circle. The moon does the same,
and both are round. Even the seasons
form a great circle in their changing,
and always come back again to where they were.
The life of man is a circle from childhood to childhood,
and so it is in everything where power moves.

From the Sioux, as told through John G. Neihardt

black elk

This poem was selected by Laura H. (Readers’ Services)

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