Elders of the spirit
heed the call to stand-
The seventh generation has awoke,
ready to receive the torch, we must now pass.
Mothers, Grandmothers, wise lone sojourners…
come and lend the life-earned understanding
of holding close in unity,
the bond of family.
Fathers, Grandfathers, the wise ole’ philosophers…
bring the guidance
of the spiritual warrior, the provider, protector.
Lay your wisdom, with tobacco down,
at the sacred fire…
The day we’ve waited for has come.
able to take up the banner,
to march on-
Sent forth in fostered unity,
with the light of love…
~ Elyse Bontrager