Eagle Poem

Joy Harjo

Eagle Poem

To pray you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you.

And know there is more

That you can’t see, can’t hear;

Can’t know except in moments

Steadily growing, and in languages

That aren’t always sound but other

Circles of motion.

Like eagle that Sunday morning

Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky

In wind, swept our hearts clean

With sacred wings.

We see you, see ourselves and know

That we must take the utmost care

And kindness in all things.

Breathe in, knowing we are made of

All this, and breathe, knowing

We are truly blessed because we

Were born, and die soon within a

True circle of motion,

Like eagle rounding out the morning

Inside us.

We pray that it will be done

In beauty.

In beauty.

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is a poet, musician, and author. She plays the saxophone and was in a band called Poetic Justice. She taught writing at a college level. She has won the PEN award for her poetry and she is now a part of the American Indians society at the University of Illinois.

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What the Eagle Poem means to me

To me, the Eagle Poem is saying to live your life and be free. The life cycle ends, so don't waste yours. An Eagle soars high above the ground, so graceful and beautiful. We must be respectful of other people, and other living things.