Black Elk Speaks (Legacy)

I wrote “Black Elk Speaks” in 1993, in the old La Parola newsletter, some two years before this website was created. It remains one of my favorites. It is still rendered in the original HTML, but I wanted to create for it a WordPress presence.

“Black Elk Speaks” is all about knowing who we are and where the future may take us. I’m excerpting it below, but you can read the full article here.

Outside, a songbird chirps loudly and brightly in the darkness, happy to greet the new day. It is only a quarter to one Sunday morning. Perhaps Black Elk would have seen some good sign in this. Perhaps I should have chosen to go to the parade this year. There is still time, but then I would not have made that time to see all this from the lonely hilltop of which Black Elk spoke, and still have the fortune to hear the songbird chirp. There was a time, you know, when I would have resented the songbirds who make it their business to announce the coming day at one o’clock in the morning. But now I finally see again that it is given to each of us to see things in our own way and time, and it brings to me a special pleasure to realize it is just as important to be happy in being sure that the dawn is actually coming, as it is to be right about its exact time of arrival.

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