Horizons and Rains


Simon Ortiz

Interstate 40 from Albuquerque
to Gallup -
witness to the brown people
stumbling Sunday afternoon
northwards -
"Where's the rain that feels so good?"
and to Tsaile, the mountains, dark buttes -

"Maybe if the Hopis and Navajos
quit messing around," Ackley says.

"Where it has always been."
The brown people losing trails
and finding trails and losing them
and finding again -

the horizons
and rains
in the far distance.

From Woven Stone by Simon Ortiz (originally from Going for the Rain), Vol. 21, in Sun Tracks an American Indian Literary Series, University of Arizona Press.
© 1992 Simon Ortiz Buy Now

Books by Simon Ortiz

Woven Stone, Simon Ortiz, Univ. Arizona Press. (Hardcover)
Men on the Moon : Collected Short Stories, Simon Ortiz, Univ. Arizona Press. (Hardcover)
After and Before the Lightning , Simon Ortiz, Univ. Arizona Press. (Hardcover)
Speaking for the Generations : Native Writers on Writing, Simon Ortiz (Editor), Univ. Arizona Press.
From Sand Creek : Rising in This Heart Which Is Our America, Simon Ortiz, Univ. Arizona Press.
The People Shall Continue, Simon Ortiz, Children's Book Press. (Library Binding)

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