Day for solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation —
water is life, land is holy, rock is standing
Mni Wiconi — water is life.
living water is the drink
of samaritan wells
and the bright Missouri
when no pipeline passes through.
Land is holy to the nations
who live there
by their choosing and by their tears,
those who were not consulted,
those whose burial sites,
and environmental wellbeing
are on this path
between an oil field and a profit.
And the rock is standing,
when all who have hands to join
children of the sacred land, water,
children of the spirits
of those who lie buried —
Lakota, Crow, a hundred tribes —
and some children of the invaders, too,
long ago and yesterday trespassers
on native lands and ways of life.
This shadow shall not pass —
not the Dakota Access Pipeline,
not the expectation that those with power
will always be free
to spoil the land,
to poison the water,
to buy the courts and lawmakers,
to break the hands of protest.
This shadow shall not pass –
in the way of many broken promises.