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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes, part 3

A Love Poem

Onaabdin-giizis/Onaabani-giizis; Snowcrust Moon (March 23, 2019)

"A Pink Rose"

 Once upon a time I spotted a beautiful rose
She and I became instantly close

A gentle spirit that once lived among the stars
Her pink petals softly touching my scars

Blessed by a pure heart, kind and warm
Not capable of doing anyone harm

Her lips inviting, longing, whisperin’
, gi-zaagi'in, gi-zaagi'in

Surrounded by a pure aura of sky blue
She lifts me up, makes me want to woo

There is truly no one like you
Ni-gigichi-inenim niinimoshenh…I do.

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About the author and his sources of inspiration:

Trouwringen ontwerper Zhaawano GiizhikMy name is Zhaawano Giizhik. As an American artist, poet, and jewelry designer currently living in the Netherlands. I like to draw on the oral and pictorial traditions of my Ojibwe Anishinaabe ancestors from the American Great Lakes area. For this I call on my manidoo-minjimandamowin, or "Spirit Memory"; which means I try to remember the knowledge and the lessons of my ancestors. The mazinaajimowinan or ‘pictorial spirit writings’ - which are rich with  symbolism and have been painted throughout history on rocks and etched on other sacred items such as copper and slate, birch bark and animal hide - were a form of spiritual as well as educational communication that gave structure and meaning to the cosmos. Many of these sacred pictographs or petroforms – some of which are many, many  generations old - hide in sacred locations where the manidoog (spirits) reside, particularly in those mystic places near the coastline where the sky, the earth, the water, the underground and the underwater meet.

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