March 5th Birthday Love: Leslie Marmon Silko

Leslie Marmon Silko

Leslie Marmon Silko is a Laguna Pueblo Native American and a prominent figure of the Native American Renaissance literary movement. Silko was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 5, 1948.

Love Poem

Rain smell comes with the wind
out of the southwest.
Smell of sand dunes
tall grass glistening
in the rain.
Warm raindrops that fall easy
(this woman)
The summer is born.
Smell of her breathing new life
small gray toads on
damp sand.
(this woman)
whispering to dark wide leaves
white moon blossoms dripping
tracks in the
sand.
Rain smell
I am full of hunger
deep and longing to touch
wet tall grass, green and strong beneath.
This woman loved a man
and she breathed to him
her damp earth song.
I was haunted by this story
I remember it in cottonwood leaves
their fragrance in
the shade.
I remember it in the wide blue sky
when the rain smell comes with the wind.

-Leslie Marmon Silko

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