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Silent Dancer

Ariel 1967 (California)



“…But still man must wait to enter.
This is Soyal, the Blue-masked catsina
With a fiery red antenna, it opens the way to greet all that grows.
Hopis do not forget the germination process”
From “Soyal”
Robert Boissiere
Meditations With the Hopi


the clay became my flesh

dried onto it
created layers the color of the
cooling earth, the Second Mesa that

Soyal walked.
the gritty soil we were borne to
left in our migrations and returned to –
it is the face of our Cachinas, our souls.

we accept them, claw footed and dancing;
smooth them into our masks.
my eyes will never close,
they are solid and open

at the Fourth Mesa
we know where we have been;
i know where we are going.

About this poem

Written for the Silverton Poetry Festival's Verbal/Visual event in April of 2009. This was a project that pair artists and poets - this piece was inspired by a strong textually Southwestern mask created by a local Silverton resident.

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Written on April 21, 2009

Submitted by Ariel on September 19, 2021

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Ariel

Ariel is a full-time Pacific Northwest poet, often participating at Oregon Open Mics events. She has been published in Gold Man Review, AIM, The Widow’s Handbook, and most recently in Terra Incognita, On The Platform Waiting and Free From Monsters. Ariel often collaborates in many Willamette Valley poetry/art projects and is a member of Oregon Poetry Association, Mid-Valley Poets Association, Willamette Writers and Poet. Her website is poetariel.net. more…

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