Friday, April 15, 2011

Unnamed Little Song

In the past few weeks I have been wrapped up in school and politics. It's certainly an emotional run this time. Sometimes when we get caught up in the excitement and debate, we forget other important things. As I was riding the bus from the college, I was reminded of this on one of the posters, a series call "Poetry On The Way":

This unnamed song was collected by the Danish Arctic explorer, Knud Rasmussen, and printed in 1932 in his work "Intellectual Culture of the Copper Eskimos: The Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition, 1921-1924" It also appears under the title "Little Song" in John Robert Columbo's 1989 collection, "Songs of the Great Land" (Oberon Press)

And I think over again
My small adventures
When with a shore wind I drifted out
In my kayak
And thought I was in danger

My fears,
Those small ones
That I thought so big
For all the vital things
I had to get and to reach

And yet, there is only
One great thing,
The only thing:
To live to see in huts and on journeys
The great day that dawns
And the little light that fills the world.

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