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Once upon a time and sometimes, even still,
Men call him by name and worship him, a god.
Not a God, who demands and receives men's fear,
Their prayers His just payment for paths they trod.

No quivering or terror is desired by he, no fearful pleas,
Prayers with this one are but dialogue with an old one;
Abuelo, Grandfather, Uncle, Sire.. Happy prayers.
Viejo, we pray to thee to return to us, thy lonely ones.

With Thy coming play the sun warm upon thy flute.
Grace us with children and rains and honeybees.
O lover of the singing reed, give us a fecund earth as Mother.
And give unto her womb thy holy cargo, the sacred seed.

Hide not from us, beloved bringer of life, we know thee.
No paint or warbead decorate thee or feathers of Hawk or Eagle.
Wear  a crown of ivy leaves and smile as you play to encycle us
Bearer of the sacred seed, player of the singing reed,

To know this of thee is to know all. Yol Bosum!! may there be a road. 

By William Kershaw  written just for Constance's Tell His Story contest

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  1. Date: 3/22/2011 1:10:00 PM
    Congratulations on the sixth place win in the contest of Constance, William

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 12:21:00 PM
    Remarkable write, Will! Enjoyed totally! Congratulations on your deserving win in the Contest! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 11:35:00 AM
    Always a pleasure to see you in the top ten, William. Congratulations on your worthy poem's honored sixth place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 11:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win William in Constance's contest " Tell His Story". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 9:06:00 AM
    "No paint or warbead decorate thee or feathers of Hawk or Eagle..." you have really captured the spirit of Kokopelli, William. Beautiful poem that would stand on its own, even without the picture because you paint it so well with your words. Congratulations on your win in Constance's contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 8:48:00 AM
    Great story, Bill.Many congrat's on your WIN. Lainie

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 12:10:00 AM
    best wishes on your win here William, with this thoughtfull write.

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 11:44:00 PM
    my happy cheers to you for the special win :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 8:22:00 PM
    Congrats Will on your wonderful win in Tell His Story contest.. a stunning story my friend.. enjoy with luv..

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 8:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win with this charming story. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/15/2011 7:26:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry this morning William. Have a wonderful week filled with good health, love, and lots of inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/14/2011 5:38:00 PM
    The singing reed..such a lovely phrase.. and may there always be a road...this is just a great write. Its going to be a winner. BG

  1. Date: 3/14/2011 3:53:00 PM
    Thank you for supporting my contest, I really like your take on the inpiration image~~