Updated: May 31
In Joy Harjo's memoir, Crazy Brave, she opens her life story with this, in italics and with a big "O" to start out with Once:
"Once I traveled far above the earth. This beloved planet we call home was covered with an elastic web of light. I watched in awe as it shimmered, stretched, dimmed, and shined, shaped by the collective effort of all life within it. Dissonance attracted more dissonance. Harmony attracted harmony. I saw revolutions, droughts, famines, and the births of new nations. The most humble kindnesses made the brightest lights. Nothing was wasted." Joy Harjo is a writer, teacher, musician, mother and grandmother. From the Muscogee nation, she was the first Native American Poet Laureate in the US. Thanks to Claudia Horwitz for sharing this video of Harjo's Earth Day talk with Joy Piatote. The full talk will be available only until May 7, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SubOAUBWjp8
At the end of Crazy Brave, under a photo of herself as a child with a Teddy bear and a dog called Lucky, she writes, also in italics: "When Sun leaves at dusk, it makes a doorway. We have access to ancestors, to eternity. Breath out. Ask for forgiveness. Let all hurts and failures go. Let them go."