The Warrior Trail:
Continental Divide Trail
April 23, 2014
Mountain Spirit Dancers be with you,
wisdom of Apache elders will guide you
in the footsteps of their warriors.
The rays of the sun will eradicate your pain,
the caresses of the moon will restore you.
The Mexican Blue Jay will scold you
and coyote pups will entertain.
Out of the dark, the cougar’s scream
will forever return you the wild.
An inky sky full of sparkling stars
is your comforter,
the Milky Way your map of peaceful dreams.
The stately yucca and the Indian paint brush
inhale the scent of wet creosote to bless you.
The big drum of the Blackfeet
beats for you at Waterton-Glacier
where, before leaving the Trail,
you will embrace the universe in thanks
for the gift of healing.
Bonnie Buckley Maldonando
Inaugural Poet Laureate
Silver City, New Mexico