Literary Hook: A poem inspired by Sante Fe

Christine Swanberg
Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Santa Fe and Taos bustle with art of the Southwest. The Native American themes, colors and designs are strong and magical. Here is a poem celebrating one painting.

After Péna’s Painting, Navidad de Santa Fe

In jagged landscape, color runs as free

as mid-day sun or horses on the run.

Shadows leap like pumas from adobe.

Pueblos huddle under parching sun.

Three wise shamans bear gifts of the earth.

Sun-baked angel faces sculpted the same,

serene, for they have found the place of birth

of the Awaited, in whom they proclaim

the glory of our meekness. Communion

of earth, wind, stars, and fire. O Great Spirit

that lights the kiva and burns the pinion.

O Sacred Incense and loom of fire!

O Sangre de Cristo, the mountains call.

Feliz Navidad to Brothers, Sisters, All!

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

From the Oct. 22-28, 2014, issue

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