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November 19, 2019

Tonight’s thoughts close with a poem I wrote in Siksika – Ponokáómitaa (Pony) 🐎


Here’s a poem I wrote a couple of years ago. It was originally written in Siksika (Blackfoot), which is a Native-American language that I am slowly learning, and then translated to English. It was published by Subprimal Poetry in 2016. The song-like structure is purposeful as it was intended to be recorded and released as Native-American music. I include it here for your enjoyment.


© 2016 Allen E. Rizzi

Máóhk, the color of sunrise, was my pony,
Áápi like the clouds was his blaze.
Sik, the color of earth, was his eyes,
He was mine for a time in the haze.

Ponokáómitaa, he was my friend
When others would not stand with me.
His spirit, it stays in my heart
Like the scent of the tall green pine tree.

Come sit by the fire, my friend,
Let us dream of tomorrow.
Together we’ll speak of today
But never of…

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  1. Sometimes I wonder if it is really the horse that is man’s best friend…
    Nice poem.

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  2. It’s such a beautiful poem…

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