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© 2017 Kenneth S. Cohen

In The Name Poem

July 15, 1991

Swinomish Nation., Winter Season, 1991


In The Name


Warrior Jesus would be proud of the People
Finally honoring his teachings.
Fighting greed and selfishness
with Giveaways,
Fighting lies and abuse
with songs of gratitude,
Fighting apathy and uncaring
with prayer and community.


"I am the Way"--this is our trail
through the woods, brushed by the cedar trees;
this is our path through the wilderness--
the black unknown.
"I am the Truth"--this is our vows,
our commitment and dedication,
our love for the Creator.
"I am the Light"--this is the Red Road,
the blood of Mother Earth,

candle-light and smoke
for seven generations.


Warrior Jesus
Dances the round dance with the People.
His kingdom is already on Earth
For those who have eyes to see it.


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