I have followed the trail

that winds back on itself


ever climbing

ever descending


like the uncoiling fern

that opens

as a hand does

to grasp something new

or let go of a secret.


It is a way

like the deer’s.

It is a path

like the cougar’s.

Twin threads


up and down

through life

through death,

all the same.

Joseph Bruchac PDFs:

Selected Poems and Writing

Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music for over 30 years.  His work is a reflection of his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.