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