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Ponokáómitaa

April 20, 2021

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.

Ponokáómitaa  

© 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 yesterday’s sorrow.

Ponokáómitaa, come to me in the morning
So that I may ride young once again
Like the man of my youth come alive,
Head high and hair in the wind.

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

Ponokáómitaa, I am proud to say,
I hear the silence we now share.

Here’s the Subprimal Poetry site with a recorded voice version of this poem. Please feel free to leave a comment.

https://subprimal.com/issues/issue6/ponokaomitaa-by-allen-e-rizzi

For more on the Siksika language and Blackfoot heritage, see my other posts:

O-gyee

Blackfoot Moccasins

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7 Comments
  1. Wonderful poem. It says a lot about the way of life pushed aside by “progress.”

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  2. I agree, wonderful. I can hear the music in it. The subject matter is close to me. I was fortunate to have 2 horses that this reminded me of and the joy they brought to my youth.

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  3. Wonderful poem! I had a horse that I loved when I was a young girl. You captured the magic of those long ago days.

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  4. It does evoke a bygone era and spirit. A connection between beings that somehow has faded in our modern era.

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