“Okciyapi (Help Each Other)”*

Lost in slow motion
walking through
a sculpture garden
at civil twilight
on a too warm fall day,
you hear someone whisper:

“Niśnana śni.”**

You don’t know the language,
but the land does.
Cool water droplets
soothe your muscles.
Those clouds in the sky
won’t produce any rain tonight.

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* New sculpture by Angela Two Stars in Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

** Dakota language phrase “Niśnana śni” = “You are not alone” in English

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