“The great sea ...”

By Uvavnuk
Translated by Jane Hirshfield
The great sea
frees me, moves me,
as a strong river carries a weed.
Earth and her strong winds
move me, take me away,
and my soul is swept up in joy.

Uvavnuk, untitled shaman song, translated by Jane Hirshfield, from Women in Praise of the Sacred (New York: HarperCollins, 1994). Reprinted with the permission of the translator.
Source: Women in Praise of the Sacred (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 1994)