My Heart Soars


The beauty of the trees,

the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass

speaks to me.

 

The summit of the mountains,

The thunder of the sky,

the rhythm of the sea,

speaks to me.

 

The faintness of the stars,

the freshness of the morning,

the dewdrop of the flower,

speaks to me.

 

The strength of the fire,

the taste of salmon,

the trail of the sun,

and the life that never goes away,

they speak to me.

 

And my heart soars.

 

Chief Dan George

 

Dan George (1899 to 1981) was the chief of the Tsliel-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band in North Vancouver, British Columbia. His birth name is Geswanouth Slahoot. He was an actor, poet, and author. Some of Mr. George’s published books are “My Heart Soars,” “My Spirit Soars,” and “You call Me Chief: Impressions of the Life of Chief Dan George.” He acted in the films: Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and Little Big Man (1970).

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