I will assign you to your posts

Where each of you will oversee

Areas of scenic spiritual significance

You, sit on this moss covered rock

Keep watch over the wooded ridge

Track all my ancestors spirits

You, sit here on the hillside

Watch the changes along the creek

You, sit here and guard the sacred grove

Be aware of all that has gone before,

You, stay and oversee this glade

Use your power to protect it


I will probably not be able to relieve 

You from your assigned posts

Your lifespan is so much longer

We live in different time frames

Know that you will be dismissed

By my commander eventually


Walter Birdwell

July 17, 2014

Author: Walter Birdwell

Born in Missouri in 1942, Walter Birdwell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964 with a BA in creative writing. Immediately enlisted in the US army to avoid the draft and was in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Married Yolanda Garza a month after discharge from the Army and have been married forty-five years. Walter is a progressive political activist and has been for about fifty years and a follower of Pagan religious tradition for about twenty years. Have previously published newspaper articles in The Southern Patriot and the New York City Guardian newspapers (both defunct progressive newspapers) in the 1970s and have recently published articles in The Missouri Chigger, an Ozark area magazine, and the Brownsville Herald. Enjoys writing, sculpture, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, reading, traveling, and all outdoor activities.


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