I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

“What would the world be without music or rivers or the green of tender grass? What would this world be without dogs?”– Mary Oliver

And it is National Poetry Month. I was looking for just the right poem to share today- or part of one– and I cracked open Dog Songs by Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets. I read from poetry books like a medium does a pack of Tarot cards. I settle a minute, and then open a page on the faith that the poem is what I should know, now. Today, I picked the back of the book, and it fell open to Oliver’s essay Dog Talk ( not a poem, but poetic, in that it tells a  truth.) It was perfect after a dog walk on the river flats at low tide, with green seaweed, thawing ice, good news from the doctor, and even a bit of blue sky. (No foolin.’)