I spent a day on the mountain climbing ‘til my legs ached
I spent a day on the shore watching the tide
washing in, washing out
I spent a day paddling on the lake
I heard the gulls cry
I spent a day on the prairie hiking endless miles
between horizons
I spent a day in the forest whose trees provide shelter
I spent a day in the sun, a night under the moon
I saw the morning star
I spent a day in the snow, a day in the rain
I felt the blizzard in my face and wind in my hair
I spent a day with no food, a day with no water
To go without is not a bad thing — for I was not needing

During my time with you
I found myself loving all that you taught me
I found myself thanking the fish, cold water
and berries on the bushes
I found myself thanking the lake
and the elk who drink on her shores
I found myself thanking the four seasons

With you, such raw beauty
With you, contentment
With you, acceptance
With you I am strength, I am failure
I am life, I am death
I am Grandmother, Father
I am my children.