And Who Will Cry
Dedicated to my adoptive brother, Tiblo Kangi Sapa,
my friend, Wanbli Cikala,
and others your world has lost....

Warriors don't cry
So they say
Be strong
Mourn not, grieve not

Yet who will cry
Who will shed the water
To feed the spirit
And heal the people

Keen and wail
Tatter the clothes
Cut the hair
Sing the pain to the stars

Sound of power
Carrying aloft the soul
While tears soft and loud
Nourish those left behind

Warriors don't cry
A fallacy
Earth mothers know the strength
Female Warriors cry

© March 3, 2004  -Stephanie M. Schwartz  Brighton, Colorado