Camp of the Sacred Stones

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We drive to Sacred Stone Camp
SUVS, trucks, pick-ups
from four directions,

stand by the sacred medicine rock,
touch the side of the mineral’s flank,
watch land and water

in the Cannon Ball River
turn red with blood,
an open trench, a scar dug

through a cascade of states.
The courts are slow. Judges silent.
Burial grounds and farmlands

bulldozed into the same pit.
Oil and pipelines guarded
by dogs on leashes who bite

those who protect children,
no trading futures
on an open market,

how the black gold
will help us god.
Come to Sacred Stone Camp.


About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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