I ask the swallow
singing in the meadow,
“What shall I say?”
Swallow answers,
“Tell them the story.”

I ask the deer
frolicking in the field,
“What shall I say?”
Deer calls back,
“Tell them the story.”

I ask the ancestors
gathered around,
“What shall I say?”
They answer back,
“Remember to tell our story.
Tell the story of every being,
from the birth of the universe
until now, and everything in between.”

Stories of courage.
Stories of beauty
and overflowing love.
Stories of wonder and surprise.
Stories of wisdom.
Stories from the heart
that were told before
yet are forever new.